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of law. we do need to stand up. we have to have a moral foreign policy. it is different than a moralistic foreign policy. we do need to stand up for our values. host: in writing this book, you talk about, once your pen became the focus of your work, you really started to think about the relationship between appearing and identity. guest: the whole pin thing began with a lot of fun. i have a snake and when i was at the u.n. and i wore it. you asked earlier about mixing diplomacy and it depends.
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they are always asking what the pin means when sometimes it the pin means when sometimes it doesn't. without objection, so ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 10, proceedings will resume on motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order, h.r. 3949, house resolution 398, hughes resolution 866, each by the yeas and nays. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. the remaining electronic votes
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will be b conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from minnesota to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3949 as amended. on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3949 a bill to amend title 38, united states code and the service -- service members civil relief act to make certain improvements in the law regarding benefits administered by the secretary of veterans affairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the s hat foreigners see
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this a bit differently. they think we are -- so that foreigners see this a bit differently. they think we are not doing nearly enough. host: next call, joe, good morning. caller: thank you for c-span. i would like to hear more on the mountaintop removal situation in west virginia. our climate is definitely changing because of mountaintop removal. we have had 2 million acres in
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the appalachians destroyed, one of the most reverse ecosystems in the world: flattened. over 2,000 miles of streams have beenuried. 62% of our streams are in west virginia -- 62% of our streams in west virginia are known to be polluted with heavy metals. the fish are contaminated. you cannot eat fish out of the streams. if you live in the proximity, a report that was suppressed by the bush a ministration -- if you live within 10 miles of one of the coal-burning plants, you are at a fivefold increase risk of getting cancer. plus, west virginia has four of those in eastern kentucky within 10 miles from my house.
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host: hang on the line for a second, joe, because i want bruce stokes to weigh in. caller: -- guest: i think the listener has a good point here. much of the debate has been about how do we capture the carbon that is released when we burn coal. how do we have cleaner coal technology? his point is a different coal, -- his point is a different point -- which is that mining bicol can be a different environmental hazard. with all these nefarious energy sources, a trap -- with all these various energy sources, past the total cost of that resource on to the consumer, on to the final user so that people can make choices based on price, the system we have. whether call, if you link-up as all of its cost, is the most
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efficient use of energy. is it natural gas, is a nuclear power? the big issue where if you tried to appropriate all the costs, a portion of the cost of nuclear power, it looks maybe not as attractive as it would otherwise. and similarly with some of the renewable sources. host: does west virginia coal compete with other countries' coal? guest: it competes with coal from other parts of the country. my knowledge of whether this is a cleaner coal or eight dirtier coal, i do not know. but it does seem to me -- or a dirty your call, i do not know. but it seems to me there is an environmental cost to the mining of the resource that is probably not added on to the total cost. host: joe, your thoughts? caller: he is correct because
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there are a lot of additional costs. it costs us approximately $42 billion a year in health-care costs and cumulative costs and additional costs over what coal brings into our economy. birth defects are on the increase because the heavy metals have been released into the waterways. there is no enforcement by a west virginia det against the mining companies. one mining company admittedly self reported 4700 violations of the clean water act from 2002 to 2006, and we are fined zero by the west virginia det. this mountaintop removal is done, and once the heavy metals are released, and the salary --
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they leave the residue here, and it is affecting the lakes. there will be leaching into the environment for 35 to 40 years. host: we will leave it there. bruce stokes, any follow up? guest: we have come a long, long way in the last couple of generations in terms of our environmental consciousness. i grew up in a small town in western pennsylvania where the streams in the town would periodically turned orange, and no one found that strange. in retrospect, it was very polluted. he is raising concerns that we are not conscious of yet, and that is an important thing to do. host: next call, rick, on the republican line. caller: thank you for taking my call. i was wondering if you are a member of the council of foreign relations.
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with george soros, kissinger, david rockefeller -- the credit offset scheme, you could read the signs book, "-- the science book "ecoscience,," that this is all about the world government, about bankrupting america. guest: i think that the viewer's concerns reflect the concern that is widespread in the united states about national sovereignty, about control, and i do think that those concerns clash with the need to confront the problem. if in fact we do not address
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this problem in international and comprehensive way, how in the world do we address it? it may well be that the listeners was not believe in global warming, in which case -- it may well be that the listener does not believe in global warming, in which case he has nothing to worry about. if you believe that the emissions from china, india, and the united states contribute to global warming, it appears there is no other way to approach that issue then some kind of international agreement and some kind of enforcement. host:ueueueueueueueueueueueueueh
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warming, it appears there
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is no other way to approach that issue then some kind of international agreement and some kind of enforcement. host: dallas, roger, good morning. caller: good morning. man-made climate change, which which we have called global warming, has not been proven. it is fair morning -- it is fear mongering by the environmentalist and the taxes they want to impose on the
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american people is going to
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 367, the nays are zero. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 866, on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 866, resolution expressing support for designation of a national veterans history project week to encourage public participation in a nationwide project that collects and preserves stories of the men and women who served our nation in the times of war and conflict. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution? members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by
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the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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they want. what they want, they want reform the right way. not a trillion dollar plan that will lead to uncertainty, that will have certain people lose their health care. we need to do health reform but we need to do it the right way.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm proud this house has finally showed the currently to tackle one of the most important issues in our country, the rising cost of health care. i want to recognize that this piece of legislation takes a huge step forward in addressing the issue of paying for value in our health care system. the current payment system rewards volume and quantity of care rather than quality of care. we spend hundreds of billions of dollars every year on procedures that do not improve patient's health. we need to change the incentive system. we need doctors and hospitals to work together to coordinate care. in my district in southern minnesota the mayo clinic has created just such a culture. there are other institutions around the country doing the same thing. these organizations all do it a little differently but the one thing they have in common is a culture of patient-centered care based on high quality and low cost. these cultures can be replicated in every hospital in the
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country, and the way we get there is by changing the incentive system. i'm very proud the provisions in this bill to address value and geographic disparate in medicaid are there. we have a chance to reform american health care, provide good quality, high outcome health care for all americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from illinois rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. >> without objection, so ordered. mrs. biggert: it seems like all we hear in washington about health care today is public option, government-run program. i thought it was interesting in a recent questionnaire 47% of my constituents most want congress to focus on reducing cost. only 10.5% are most concerned with the public option. i would be willing to bet that these numbers are similar all over the country. mr. speaker, i believe that we should get back to the health care issue most important to americans. reducing cost. let's support commonsense changes like medical malpractice
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reform and association health plans. we should also focus on eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse that is so rampant in our medical system. with the money these reforms save we'll be able to expand coverage and ensure that no one is denied health care insurance because of a pre-existing condition or because they can't afford premiums. these are simple tested commonsense ideas that don't take 1,099 pages to explain. let's give the american people what they want, mr. speaker. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. kagen: mr. speaker, this house of representatives is the people's voice and we are about to deliver exactly what they have been asking for. reforms in our health care system, reforms that were asked of us by our people back home in our districts. ideas, great ideas come from our people, including closing the doughnut hole in medicare part d, reforming medical malpractice
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to make sure it's affordable for every practitioner and their patients. to negotiate finally for deeper discounts from prescription drug companies. we are going to also eliminate the antitrust exemption that the wall street-run health insurance corporations have been running from for decades. we are also going to begin looking at purchasing health care policies across state lines. this is what the people want. they want private doctors, private hospitals, they want to be in charge of their health care again. we are going to put patients first in this house of representatives. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. many seniors from my area of south florida are concerned about the trillion dollar pelosi bill. the pelosi bill is poised to hurt seniors by endangering their medicare benefits. seniors after a decade -- after decades and decades of hard work
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and sacrifice deserve nothing less but the best quality health care that we can provide. any health care reform legislation must not endanger this solemn promise. according to c.b.o., the congressional budget office, the pelosi plan will cut medicare benefits by $162 billion. the pelosi bill will force seniors to pay up to 20% more for their medicare prescription drug coverage. it will also inflict massive cuts on a popular program, medicare advantage, that will force many seniors out of their current coverage. so not only do we take away benefits from our seniors, but we will make them pay more for what little they are left with. this is not what seniors deserve. seniors deserve to have their medicare benefits protected. whatever shape health care reform takes, this chamber must never forget our pledge to our seniors. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from minnesota rise?
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>> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to welcome the many american indians and alaska natives who are here in washington to address the needs of indian country. for the first time leaders from the 554 federally recognized tribes will interact directly with the president, the cabinet members, and the first annual white house tribal nations conference. president obama, the administration officials, and many members of congress are engaging tribal leaders in an unprecedented conversation to hear firsthand about the needs and opportunities facing indian communities and families. tribal leaders are also here to commemorate a historic opening today of the embassy of tribal nations permanent home in our nation's capital for their families. thank to you all the tribes who are here to participate and work on indian issues together. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time.
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for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. myrick: thank you, mr. speaker. when i'm home in the district i'm not getting questions about health care i am getting questions about jobs. people are saying what are you doing to help create jobs? unemployment nationally is at a 26-year high, in my district it's between 11% and 15%. and small businesspeople say to me all the time, new taxes on business that is can't afford health coverage is not going to help. we all know that leads to fewer jobs and lower wages for workers. health care reform's important but the country can't afford it on the proposed bill. half of the tax dollars affected by the health care bills is surtax on small businesses. it's terrible for innovation and kills engine i newt which makes america great. they want health reform done the right way that lowers cost and is affordable. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. johnson: today i introduced h.r. 3986, the effective death penalty appeals act to protect innocent americans from execution. under current law a death row inmate can be stranded in a procedural no man's land, condemned to die even if there is compelling new evidence of innocence. justice stevens recently wrote that the law as it stands is arguably unconstitutional. it's also wrong. my bill would empower federal courts to entertain and grant habeas corpus petitions for death row inmates who present new evidence that demonstrates probable innocence. this bill will help us discern the innocent from the guilty when the stakes are highest. i look forward to broad support
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for this bill and i will also say that health care is -- this new proposal, h.r. 3986, is a fabulous reform to this problem. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from oklahoma rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. fallin: for many women and their families, hire health care costs means the difference between receiving care or going without it. unfortunately the pelosi health care bill raises taxes on health care and empowers the federal government and bureaucrat to decide what kind of health care families and women will have versus empowering people to make those own personal decisions. it it also undermines a woman's ability to make the best decisions for her family. according to a report, studies have shown that more than 52% of women have foregone necessary
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care because of the cost. they have foregone care from filling prescription drugs, skipping a medical test, or even going to see a doctor when they needed medical help. we know when a federal government takes over care, whether it is a bureaucratic system or socialized system, it also leads to rationing of care. this bill increases taxes while also causing higher insurance premiums and will hurt women and children and their families. the house republicans support reasonable health care reform that lowers costs and will assure access to care. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. capps: one of the serious things of halloween has been the continuation of myths about our health care legislation that's being made by opponents of reform. these teaing didbag myths have been debunked time and again. yet some in this congress continue to perpetuate, and why?
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because they have no plan of their own. if they had a comprehensive plan that would actually address our nation's health care crisis t. would have been put forward or maybe they would have enacted it during the years they ran congress and the white house. when you don't have a plan, you have nothing else to talk about. we all know we cannot continue the status quo. americans with health insurance today never knowing if it will be there when they need it. millions of americans today without any coverage all the while costs keep climbing and insurance companies keep getting richer. what do some folks do? they distort our plan and use scare tactics and try to fool the american people. but the american people support our plan which ensures that we all have access to quality, affordable health care. and they won't be fooled any more by the party of no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio rise? >> to speak for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
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>> mr. speaker, i want to talk today about some of the concerns i have with the current health care bill. specifically abortion, our seniors, and the conscience clause of medical professionals. as this bill is drafted, it opens the door to the public funding of abortions. a majority of americans are opposed to funding abortions. for decades the federal funding of abortion has been prohibited by the hyde amendment. some will argue the capps amendment does the same thing but it does not. it allows the plan to specifically the public option to have abortion coverage paid for with our tax dollars. . it also cuts $500 billion from medicare, putting our nation's seniors at risk. almost $600 million will be cut from the medicare advantage program alone, that will
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adversely affect 17,000 seniors in my district. finally, it appears to erode the conscience clause for our medical professionals. no one should have to choose between their morals, faith, and his or her job. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> after a half century of debate, think time has come to make health care a reality for every single american. we must make health care a right and not a privelebling. people are dying without health care. this week we must say no more, no more. people losing their homes because they are without health insurance. this week, we said no more. the american people cannot wait
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a moment longer. every day that we wait, 14,000 americans lose their health insurance. we have a good deal before us. we resolve our differences. we have been stuck in analysis and this must end now. now is the time to act. dr. martin luther king jr. once said, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. we must not per pitch wait this injustice. history is upon us. we have been called to lead. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. lewis: i yield back the remained over my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from tennessee rise? mrs. blackburn: to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. blackburn: the american
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people, especially women are listening and watching and paying close atonings how we define problem hourks we as a body get around to solving problems. i think they are learning so very much. they're learning that we have a philosophical difference in how we choose to address these problems. some of my colleagues want to see this played out in the health care debate, where they would choose to have a government-centered plan, and then there are those of us who would like to have a patient-centered, tax-payer friendly way to address this. and we do have lots of ideas. we as republicans have brought forward so many ideas and so many bills that would do just that. to address the health care and medical concerns of our constituents. what they want is more affordable costs, ease of access, making certain that we address access to affordable insurance for those who have pre-existing and existing
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conditions and we can be friendly to the taxpayer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. polis: we have heard thousands of forums to hear the people's ideas on health care. i have held 28 events in my district. the input from the american people has made this bill a better bill. this bill before us, the john dingell bill, costs over $100 billion less than the initial house bill. it reduce ours deficit by over $30 billion over 10 years. yes we need to do more to reduce our deficit but this bill is an important start. that's something i heard from my constituents and we're acting upon it by incorp. rating that into this bill. other suggestions from my
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constituents included making sure we have interstate competition. there are provision -- provisions for that in the bill. tort reform, president obama challenged us to do that we have put tort reform in the bill. the input from millions of americans across the ideological spectrum made this bill better. i would like to thank the american people for helping to write the democratic health care reform bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from michigan rise in >> unanimous consent to address the house rr fun minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. miller: i come the 4er9land of michigan and the heartland of america. as a mother and grandmother, i am incredibly concerned about the amount, the enormous amount of debt that this administration that a number of bills, and now this health care bill is placing on future generations. one of the most disingenuous claims that's been made over
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and over, mr. speaker, is that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. here's a headline in my local paper the other day, employers ready to dump health care. under the house bill, paying an 8% penalty is cheaper than providing coverage. that was survey done by our mccombe county chamber of commerce. what they found is that an overwhelming majority of companies stated they'd drop their existing employer coverage or avoid offering future health care benefits if this bill passes. this bill is a very cruel hoax. that is the reality. a business decision that is going to be made will dump these people out onto public plans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> women of america, republicans want you to believe that our health care reform bill is poison that doing
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nothing is better for the nation. but it is the status quo that is poison. today, women are forced to settle for less health care at a higher price. we pay as much as 50% more than men, a practice of discrimination that's legal in 38 states. but this bill prohibits insurance companies from charging women more for the same coverage. today, we women are turned away from buying insurance due to so-called pre-existing conditions such as domestic violence, pregnancy, and c-section. but this bill makes it illegal to deny coverage due to any pre-existing condition, including breast cancer. today, less than half of america's women can get insurance through work because they stay at home, work at small businesses or work part time. through this bill, every woman can buy coverage through the exchange that will cover maternity and preventive care. this is why women in america need this health care reform bill and why i strongly support this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her
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time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from washington rise? >> i request to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: as the house proposes the latest way to have the government take over the health care bill, i want to say that there's many things wrong with this million-dollar -- billion-dollar health care plan. it's bad for our economic health, it's a prescription for higher deficits and job losses. worst of all is what it does to women, families, seniors and small businesses. women make 2/3 of the health care decisions in our country. as mothers, wive, and daughters we work to protect the family members around us. the vast majority of american -- america's health care professionals are women, 90% of doctors, almost a third of doctors. if pelosi's health care proposal becomes law, women will no longer be able to make those responsible decisions for
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their families, government bureaucrats will. let's not take away power from moms and turn it over to the government and call that reform. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentleman from new york. >> i ask permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> i rise today in strong support of health insurance reform for many reasons, but especially how it helps the 50 million living in rural areas. there are problems rural americans face when it come toths current health care system, lack of choice and affordable health care -- health insurance and lack of access to providers and lack of access to quality preventive care. our health insurance reform bill, h.r. 3962, addresses all these issues and more for rural americans. 15% of all people living in rural areas live in poverty and one in five uninsured americans
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lives in rural areas. this bill will extend coverage and the public option will give options to americans in rural areas. it will train thousands of new doctors, nurses and other health care providers and put them on the ground, where they're needed, especially in our rural areas. finally this bill gives all americans prix access to preventive care and encourages and rewards high quality care. it is what we need in rural america and across the country. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, ordered. ms. foxx: for months, millions of concerned citizens voiced their strong opposition to government takeover of health care. yet speaker pelosi health care plan does nothing to control the rising costs of health care. but struggling businesses that
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can't afford to provide health insurance coverage to their employers, employees to pay higher taxes. according to an economic model developed by president obama's economic advisor, an estimated 5.5 million jobs could be lost as a result of the taxes included in the pelosi health care plan. at a tame when several states are struggling, pushing policies that will raise taxes and increase job losses is the wrong direction to take our country. it's time for congress to reject the pelosi health care plan and start over on responsible health care reform. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> democrats are going to deliver on what americans have been asking for when it comes to their health, meaningful, secure, stable insurance, improved medicare for seenor,
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and three, vital consumer protections. for families with health insurance, health reform will
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from pennsylvania rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. 13r0eu7 without objection, so ord. >> finding a way for all americans to have health care has been a goal for decades. health care legislation before the house builds on the hard work done by three health committees over many months and responds to feedback from the american people. it builds on america's public-private system and it is paid for. the legislation meets the goals of health reform, enhanced protection for those with health coverage, now, affordable coverage for
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individuals and small businesses, strengthening medicare for our seenor, improved delivery of care with better health outcomes for all americans, and the containment of rapidly rising costs of health care. the status quo is unaffordable and unsustainable. passing health care reform benefits all of us, families, seniors, businesses, and the nation. i look forward to voting for this historic legislation and meeting the goals of health care reform for all americans. now is the time to act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. granger: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. granger: mr. speaker, on september 12, taxpayers sent an unequivocal message that smaller government, limited regulation, responsible spending and keeping government out of people's lives are principles that too many in washington need to be reminded of. hundreds of texans took to the
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streets in washington, d.c., to protest big government and the devastating policies the obama administration and this congress are pursuing. their voices were heard and we better not forget what they say. now, we need everyone's voice more than ever as we're asked to pass a $1.2 trillion government takeover of our health care system. through town hall meetings and the thousands of emails and letters we receive each week, my constituents have been clear. they don't like this bill. it's now congress' responsibility to listen to our districts and respond, representing the constituents who sent us here. they're speaking loud and clear and they expect a response. thank you. and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from nevada rise? ms. titus: i ask permission to address the house for one
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minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. titus: thank you, mr. speaker. for the past six months i've talked with my constituents in southern nevada about the need for health care reform that lowers costs, improves access, increases choices and strengthens medicare. i solicited input from my constituents by sending them health care surveys, encouraging them to share their health care stories, holding congress on the corner. from roundtable discussions with doctors, providers and small business owners to town halls, i have listened to the concerns nevadans have about our current health care system as well as the proposed reform. one thing is clear, the status quo just is unacceptable. the legislation introduced in the house last week requires the comprehensive examination, and i will continue to carefully review all aspects of the bill. but i'm pleased that the legislation includes important provisions that will help nevada's seniors, young adults,
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women and small businesses. from ending discrimination based on preexising -- pre-existing conditions and closing the doughnut hole, there are a number of very positives a pects of this bill -- aspects of this bill that i strongly support. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. boehner: mr. speaker and my colleagues, the american people have said that the number one thing they're concerned about with health care is the cost of health care. and the speak's 1,1990-page of government takeover of health care, raises the cost of insurance for america's families and will add to our already exploding debt. the cost of the speaker's bill is now at $1.3 trillion and counting. it's a debt that will be paid for by our kids and our
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grandkids. and to make matters worse, it will increase taxes, impose job-killing mandates and cuts seniors' medicare benefits. there's a better way. republicans have outlined a plan to lower cost and expand access at a price our nation can afford. this includes letting families buy health insurance across state lines, allowing small businesses to pool together and offer health insurance to their employees at much lower costs, just like big businesses and unions can today, giving states the tools to create innovative references that lower costs and ending junk lawsuits that contributes to high health care costs. given all that's at stake, the american people deserve to see the republican's smart, physically -- fiscally responsible plan side by side with the speaker's 1,900-page bill. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from nevada rise? >> i rise to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. berkley: mr. speaker, i can't stand here today and tell you that this legislation will solve every health care problem we face as a nation, but i can tell you this, that 460,000 nevadans that have no health insurance at all. in my district alone, this bill will provide coverage for 163,000 of my fellow nevadans. it's not just the uninsured that will benefit. in las vegas, more than 200,000 households will receive credits to make insurance more affordable, and over 16,000 small businesses will be provided with a tax credit to make it easier for them to provide coverage to their employees. the bill improves coverage for seniors by closing the doughnut hole, eliminating co-pays for preventative services and extending the solvency of
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medicare for another five years. it eliminates pre-existing conditions as a reason to deny coverage. it lifts the lifetime limits for -- i have 10-year-old children, juvenile diabetics in my office that have already exceeded their lifetime cap. this bill eliminates that. the current health care system is unsustainable. the speaker pro tempore: jeaths. -- the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. berkley: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? mr. pence: i ask permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. pence: the american people want health care reform that lowers the cost of health insurance, rather than increasing the cost of government, but it looks like what they're getting in the pelosi health care bill. here are the numbers. 1,990 pages, $1.2 trillion in the pelosi plan in new federal spending over the next 10 years, $729.9 billion in new tax increases.
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just extraordinary. within the confines of the bill, 43 entitlement programs are created or expanded. 111 additional offices, bureaus, commissions, programs and bureaucracies -- bureockrass sees -- bureockrass sees and it uses the word shall over 3,000 times. pelosi health care plan is a freight train of big government, higher taxes and mandates and it must be opposed. the american people deserve a better plan. you can go to health carecare.gop.gov and start getting the details of a plan that will lower the cost of health insurance instead of growing the size of government. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker.
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mr. speaker, it would be interesting to go to that website and find what is the so-called republican beginning of a proposal because 139 days ago the republican leadership promised to introduce their own health reform bill and yet we are still waiting. since the mysterious republican plan hasn't been introduced, the american people can't see what's written inside it. what little we know what they are planning should bring the smiles to the faces of c.e.o. 's. mr. boehner said their collection of bills does not end discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. nowhere in their collection of bills do they help more americans afford health care. nowhere in their collection of bills do they end discrimination from insurance companies' practice of dropping coverage if you get sick. four months ago democrats made public our health care proposal by posting it online for anyone to see. since then there have been multiple committee hearings during which republicans had ample opportunity to debate the bill and offer amendments. republicans won't even let the public see their bill.
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what are they hiding? will they include representative broun's bill to privatize health care? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman rise? ms. bright: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. brown-waite: this bill will allow bureaucrats to make medical decisions. i, like 85% of women in america, am the primary care decision maker in my home. i was for him, and as i was for my children. we need a health care system that provides quality, affordable health care so we can have peace of mind in knowing our families are well taken care of. unfortunately, the bill that we will have before us later this week is one that empowers government bureaucrats and
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undermines a woman's ability to make the best health care choices for her and her family. the bill creates 1,100 new federal bureockrass sees and new entitlement programs. it expands government health insurance premiums will rise, taxes will increase and seniors will lose many medicare benefits. when the democrats wrote this health care bill, they not only left republicans out of the process but they left -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. brown-waite: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> 25 years ago clara -- america did not know who clara power was. she was in those wendy's ads who introduced the phrase "where's the beef?" and for our friends on the
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republican side of the aisle there's the question we'd like to know, where's the bill? if you're hearing so much conversation about the democratic health care bill, there's a very good reason for that. there is no republican bill despite promises month after month to reveal what that bill would contain. there's no c.b.o. score of the republican bill. so how do we know that there's a bill that's going to affect americans? well, we know that bill will be mostly about preserving the status quo. and i'd like my friends to tell my constituent, hannah rodriguez, who has a cleft palate and has been waiting for years for her parents to save up for her corrective medical procedure because it's considered cosmetic procedure under her policy why she should wait longer for health care reform. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> last week my colleagues on the other side unveiled the latest version of their plan for a government control of health care. according -- according to c.b.o. will cost $1.2 trillion. simply put, that's $2.2 million of taxpayer money for every single word in this bill. this 2,000 page bill creates 1,100 new government programs and is full of tax increases and government mandates. this bill is bad for patients, bad for doctors, bad for seniors, bad for small businesses, and terrible for our economy. this bill will raise taxes on the american people, cut medicare for seniors by half a trillion dollars, add to the already out-of-control federal deficit and will leave personal medical decisions to bureaucrats in washington instead of families. mr. speaker, there's another way. we believe health care reform
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begins by bringing all stakeholders, patients, doctors, citizens and hospitals to the table where everyone has equal input. our plan will lower costs, increase -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. sullivan: improve quality of care. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. speier: mr. speaker, in america if you get overcharged on a cable bill, -- mrs. davis: mr. speaker, in america, if you get overcharged on a cable bill, you can call someone. one of the goals my chair of the consumer protection committee in the california state assembly, and yet when it comes to health care, strong consumer protections just don't exist. and americans are suffering because no one is looking out for them. that's why the consumers union that americans trust for information on major purchases, the consumer union calls our
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health care system a consumer crisis and endorses our efforts to reform this system. once the bill's provisions take effect, no insurance company can deny or drop your coverage, and every insurance company would have to set a minimum set of benefits, including prescription drug, hospital care and mental health. this reform will give americans the reliability they deserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, politico reported last week that the democrat health care reform legislation has more pages than "war and peace" and nearly five times, five times as many words as the torah costing over $2 million per word. the republican conference reports that over 100 new
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federal bureaucracies are created in the bill. "the wall street journal" opinion page said the bill may be, quote, the worst piece of post-new deal legislation ever introduced, closed quote. america deserves better and the american people deserve more from their leaders on something that is so important to every american family. there is a better way to maintain quality care for those with health insurance while decreasing the number of uninsured americans. we should start with common sense reforms, such as prohibiting insure irs from excluding pre-existing conditions, allowing insurers to offer plans across state lines, enacting tort reform and allowing small businesses to pull together to purchase health plans if -- for their employees. mr. speaker, it is not too late for us to work together to craft responsible legislation and decrease costs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut rise? >> to address the house for one
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minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. murphy: we're closer than ever to delivering what people have been clamoring for, access to life-saving health care. last night we learned more about this mythical republican alternative. we learned that the republicans will propose some collection of bullet points that deliver the status quo for people who have a pre-existing condition, for people under the threat of losing their coverage if they get sick. and for the millions of americans who won't be able to afford health care insurance, this republican plan says, sorry, you're out of luck. this republican plan that exists out in the ethey are today may be good for a fantasy movie, but it's not good for the real world. here in the real world, people get sick and live pay czech to pay czech and can't afford the status quo.
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let's give the people real reform. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, during the august work period, i had the privilege of visiting many of the plants and factories in my district. at one plant a worker approached me saying he didn't understand what we were doing here in congress he said he needed to have a job to put a roof over his family's head. they had direct questions about health care, will it cost more, how much more in taxes will i play? the congressional budget office scores with speaker pelosi over $1 trillion, new taxes on small businesses an individuals will run over $729 billion. being close to the canadian border, i have been approached
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by canadians and doctors now practicing in ohio. they can't understand why the democrats are taking this course. they tell me the same thing, why do you think we came to the united states? i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. wu: thank you very much, mr. speaker. reforming health insurance is the focus of this congress this fall. what does health reform sneen it means a insurance company can't deny you coverage, it's against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick. it means insurance companies will no longer be able to place an arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you have in a given year or a lifetime. it means there'll be a yearly limit for how much you can be charged for out of pocket
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expenses because no one should go broke if they get sick. what this means for middle income americans is they will no longer be ground between the roulette wheel of health or sickness and the machinations of the insurance industry. what murns -- what health insurance means is that millions of americans who are insured today will have more security and stability. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the health care bill -- the pelosi health care bill hits states when they are hurting the most. i served in state government and had to help write a budget. i know this creates a problem for kentucky's already stretch red sources. it will leave fewer dollars available for schools and universities. last week, dr. james ramsay, the president of the university of louisville, predicted the
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next budget here in kentucky will be, quote, a bloodbath. he said a high price will be paid for adequate funding of all programs. he said he's most concerned with the financial impact on the state and said this is the mother of all unfunded mandates. he said it will give huge debts to our children. forcing state governments to look to our schools and universities for money to meet this mandate is not acceptable. our children deserve better. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> i rise today to urge my colleagues to support the health care act. we need reform for people like mary in my district. when her husband retired from his job they both lost their
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health insurance. they had cobra for 18 months but it ran out. mary had to look for alternative coverage. unfortunately, the she has a pre-existing condition. mary, mr. speaker, had rheumatoid arthritis. she suffers and has had countless rejections from one insurance company to another and it's been very difficult for her. under the revised affordable health care for america act, mary and other americans would have -- would not suffer from pre-existing conditions. finally, as lir as next year they would receive fair health care they deserve. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 3962 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from texas. for what purpose do you rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 3962 is almost 2,000 pages long. in a bill that long, you'd
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expect there to be lots of things to be opposed to and there are . here's a short, partial list of things i'm against. i'm 5.5 million people losing their jobs. i'm against 114 million people losing health coverage. i'm against strip $500 billion. i'm against $729 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years for americans. there's one thing i am for and that's for starting over. mr. speaker, scrap this monstrosity and let's start over with real health care reform and not this health care takeover. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. kucinich: this gives so much money to the insurance
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company that we're giving far too much for the full benefits the bill macon fer. the insurance companies get at least another 26 million new customers. they'll receive at least another $50 billion in new revenue. they'll be able to raise premiums 25% even though in each of the last four consecutive year the industry raised premiums by double digits. as long as there are for-profit insurance companies, there'll be no effective way to protect consumers against ever-escalating premiums, co-pays, and dedubblingtables unless they know that people at the state level have a choice to reject insurance companies and have a single payer system. that's why the kucinich amendment should be put back in the house bill, not just to protect the right of states to pursue single payer but to protect the rights of consumers to be free of the economic despot of the insurance companies. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania
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rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, president obama promised that under the health care reform bill, people would be able to keep the coverage they have. unfortunately, the pelosi bill eliminates the popular medicare advantage plans millions of seniors relie on for medical, vision, and dental care. in my district, nearly 30,000 seniors depend on it and report being content with their plans. there are a toal of $500 billion in cuts to various medicare programs. i don't think seniors would call reduce their benefits health care reform. i don't think seniors would call cutting home health care, cutting hospice care, cutting nursing home care, cutting health care reform, we don't
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need to destroy medicare advantage to reform health care. this week, republicans will offer a simpler, better proposal that offers real health care reform without taking benefits away from our nation's seniors -- seniors and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, prime menster merkel was in this hall not long ago. she represents a country where they've had health care security for 126 years. the americans have been waiting for 100 years. and when the republicans took over the last time, they knocked out mrs. clinton's plan. and they bragged about it. and for 12 years, they made not one single proposal that they would bring to the floor for a vote.
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now, they want the status quo. they like what's going on. and if folks back home like what's going on, stick with them because they're never going to change anything. they always -- what they say about this is, not so fast. 100 years is too fast? well, we have something just about to bring out here on thursday. not so fast, right. wait until the last minute, after all the debate, and then say not so fast. the american people want it done now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. >> we should pay special attention to the work drafted under the director of the ways and means -- the chair of the ways and means committee, chairman rangel supervised the drafting of many pages of the by this is the same congressman
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under investigation by the committee on standards of official conduct on five separate counts, using official resources to raise money, problems with apartment leases, undisclosed ownership of a dominican republic yacht club. compliance with the rules of the house and problems with his financial disclosure and income tax. this bill raises your tax, but ethics is investigating whether rangel paid his. leaders may respond with two lines, chairman rangel had nothing to do. a coming manager's amendment that will be a chamber of horrors of special deals. supervised by a congressman under five separate ethics investigations. that's what we will vote on this week. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from puerto rico rise?
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mr. per lucie: i rise in strong -- mr. perluisi: from my perspective this bill does justice to the 4.4 million american citizens living in puerto rico and other u.s. territories. too often in the past, the territories have been treated as an afterthought in important legislation. thanks to the efforts of leadership, that's not the case with this bill. while the legislation is not perfect, it constitutes a giant step forward. the bill shows the disparities the territories have always faced. it also provides funding to allow americans of modest means residing in the territories to purchase subsidized coverage through the health exchange. it makes misconstituents eligible for the consume brother texts established in the bill.
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i hope the senate will follow the house's lead and i'll continue to work with our allies in that chamber to ensure that their bill treats american citizens in the territories in a fair and just manner. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. westmoreland: thank you, mr. speaker. if you get dressed in the dark, you'll probably make some clothing choices that will open you to ridicule. same when you write bills in the dark. president obama said health care reform negotiations would air on c-span. that way, he said, americans could see who sided with them and who was with the insurance companies. we must assume the closed door deal must have put the special interests at the forefront. it appears one of the special
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interests at the table was the trial attorneys. maybe that's why the negotiations were secret. they claimed attorney-client confidentiality. but those trial attorneys must have charged by the hour because the democrats gave them quite the payoff in this legislation. this bill will override states' malpractice reform laws and forbid states from capping attorneys' fees or damage rewards. isn't it ironic that president obama that he himself warned that this would happen? i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. ryan: mr. speaker, the republicans controlled this chamber from 1993 until 2006. they controlled the presidency until 2008, and now 11 months into a national health care debate they are just figuring out that we have a health care crisis in this country. how long will it take them to shake the grip of the insurance
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industry before they even come up with a realistic plan? let's look at what our friends on the other side of the aisle are going to vote against. they are going to vote against us increasing the age to 27 where kids could stay on their parents' insurance. they are going to vote against citizens of the united states not being denied health care coverage because of a pre-existing condition. they are going to vote against us saying that no one in america will ever go bankrupt again because of a health care catastrophe in their family. that's what they're going to vote against. it's very simple. once again, the republican party is going to be on the wrong side of the vote, on the wrong side of health care reform, and on the wrong side of history. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, house resolution 3962 states in section 1 that the legislation
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builds on what's broken in today's health care system and repairs it at the same time. i agree that improvements need to be made in the existing health care system, but placing individuals under one umbrella doesn't build on what's working or repairing what's not. the bill includes government-run public option, it cuts medicare and medicare advantage program, more taxes on middle-class families and it does not protect the interest of small business nor does it adequately address defensive medicine. and in the midst of states struggling with financial constraints, it will burden them with more unfunded mandates from the federal government. this latest proposal may be a different name, but even with a new name, the legislation remains a government takeover of health care.
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and i -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from pennsylvania rise? mrs. dahlkemper: to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. dahlkemper: mr. speaker, last week we received news of our first g.d.p. growth we've had in a year. our g.d.p. increased by 3.5% last quarter, which was better than expected. this is welcomed news and shows that our economy is finally moving in the right direction. but we still have a long road ahead to reach economic recovery. we must continue to help our families and communities find immediate relief. that's why i support an extension of the firsttime homebuyer tax credit. this $8,000 tax credit has helped produce more than 130 sales in erie county in my district alone, and many more throughout western pennsylvania. i hope to see this tax credit extended so we can continue to give a boost to the housing market and help more americans reach the dream of homeownership.
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i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. kline: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to talk about the democrats' proposal to take over health care. the house is poised to vote this week on a bill that will give control of 1/6 of our economy to the federal government. sadly, the $1.3 trillion price tag is not the only cost of this risky proposal. the bill also saddles americans with 1111 new boards, offices, commission and programs all of which will be required to implement speaker pelosi's takeover. further, this bill imposes hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes on small businesses, individuals who
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cannot afford health coverage and employers who cannot afford to buy coverage that meets standards. mr. speaker, these costs are far too much in asking the american people to bear. it's time to press the reset button and come together to create a health care proposal that meets the needs of every american and saves our economy from additional burdens we cannot afford. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska rise? mr. terry: to speak for the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. terry: it is about the spending. people back home are asking me, how much is enough for you? another $1.2 trillion bill in this national takeover of our health care. i think this is the third $1 trillion bill this year. at a time when we almost have a $2 trillion deficit this year. now, we can't raise enough tax
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dollars. we can't cut medicare enough from our seniors to cover this cost. everyone but the best cool aid drinkers around knows -- kool-aid drinkers around knows this is a bad bill. our national debt will equal the size of our g.d.p. which is where the economists say is the tipping point that's going to drag our economy down. what does this mean? it means that my children and your children are going to pay this off with less opportunities than we have today. we are going in the wrong direction for the dream for our children in america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, we heard lots of stories today and it's touched our hearts and we know
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there are people out there suffering because we have some major problems with our health care system. we know that there are uninsured people because the costs are just too high, they're priced out of the market or they have a pre-existing condition. we know that, for example, there's not interstate competition that goes on that boosts up the costs along with the fact that we have excessive litigation in our society. we could have fixed these issues so that everybody could be covered. the republicans were willing to do it but we were frozen out of this whole system because the democrats didn't want to reform the system, they wanted to transform our current health care system into a government-run bureaucratic federal program. and they were doing that at the expense of seniors where $400 billion is being taken out of the medicare funds at the expense of small business and at the expense of people currently insured who will be turned into this government-run system. this is a travesty. we should have worked on this but the democrats wouldn't do
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it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> to address the body for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise too address my serious concerns about the health care bill that's being rushed to the floor. this 2,000-page-plus bill has hundreds of new pages that no one yet has had a chance to read. much less understand. there are over 110 new federal programs and bureockrassies each with a new costly -- bureaucracies each with a new costly mandate. it taxes you if you can't afford health insurance and it taxes you if you are a small business and you can't afford to give health insurance to all of your employees. it has over $730 billion in new job-killing taxes. what americans need today more than anything else is new jobs. but this bill will result in the loss of another 5.5 million
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jobs. congress cannot figure out how to make their own workweek work much less change the whole health care system. let's use a little more common sense in here for a change. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. olver: we often hear that america has the best health care system in the world. between 1997 and 2002 when researchers compared preventable deaths from diabetes, cancer and heart disease, among others in 19 industrialized countries, the united states placed last, dead last. 75,000 lives could have been saved had the united states achieved just the average preventable death rate of its counterpart. since 2002, another 75,000 deaths could have been prevented. the affordable care -- health care for america act will reduce preventable deaths.
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h.r. 3962 completely bans pre-existing condition exclusions by 2013 and ends co-pays and deductibles for preventive care under medicare and medicaid. and h.r. 3962 will train many more primary care providers and pay them better for their service. our current health care system is failing us. we need health reform now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? -- pennsylvania. i apologize. >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. everyone in america understands the need for health care reform and so do i. the new $1.2 trillion, 2,000-page bill, h.r. 3962, still cuts medicare by a half trillion dollars for our seniors and creates a new entitlement program. the program provides disincentives to states and
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punishes them if they limit contingency fees to trial lawyers in medical liability cases. this takes us backwards, not forwards. there is a josh crushing employer mandate and surtaxes on income. this is a job killer, make no mistake. there is a medical device tax that punishes innovation and imperils manufacturing jobs like a company like olympus in my district. they refer to this tax as a death tax. enough is enough. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mccotter: thank you, mr. speaker. we do not live on a government-run globe. we live in a people-powered world. the massive radical change that is presented by the health care bill brought forward by this majority constitutes the
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policies of the past. within the communications revolution and the globalized marketplace, one thing is certain. human beings at a greater expense than at anytime in history are now able to control more of their lives and their own decisions. true health care reform must not resist these times. they must meld with these times. we need patient center wellness to transparency, technology and a humane and compassionate understanding and help for our fellow citizens. this bill will not do it. fundamentally, this bill will bury the people under big government. they have a greater chance of empowering themselves and making their own decisions. let us go forward. let us not go backwards. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. we heard our friend across the
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aisle say, hey, where is the republican bill? you don't have one scored by c.b.o. i'm sure he didn't know but some of us have bills, we have many bills and i've been trying for 2 1/2 months to get a score from c.b.o. but i've been shut out. i haven't been able to get a score and this is a bill that will coverage to everyone. it will make sure seniors have complete coverage like they've never had before. it would be a savings for people, but the democrats have a bill, they cut a deal with pharmaceuticals, forcing people with h.s.a. to buy prescriptions, cut a deal with some insurance companies so they will have liability limitations. cut a deal where states will be bribed to eliminate caps on attorneys' fees and caps on damages. cut a deal with unions. there is no adequate requirements for identification. it's a deal for illegals and also for abortion. this is not the bill we should be supporting. let's get a new bill. we got it.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. they say the definition of insanity is trying over and over again expecting darche result which describes the democrats' health care reform bill. i have been trying to describe how this bill is taking the worst parts of the universal health programs in tennessee and massachusetts and combining them into one monstrosity of a program. unfortunately, passing theory that sounds good but has failed is more important to our democratic colleagues than actually getting reforms that work. this is why it matters. the reforms being proposed will decrease access, decrease quality and increase cost of care for the vast majority of americans. i can say this unequivocally as a physician and as a tennessee resident who's experienced 10 -- tenncare firsthand.
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they have to cut back odge wages. individuals who are trying to get by will see tharing savings and cost increases. the bad results that we know from experience should be reason to scrap this bill and find a bipartisan bill that will work. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker, one of the most troubling realities of the nancy pelosi health care bill is a new tax on medical devices. the so-called wheelchair tax imposes a 2.5% tax increase at the very time american families don't need and don't want a tax increase. the pelosi bill includes a new 2.5% excise tax on the sale of medical device in the united states. it will cover everything from
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bandages to glucose measurement, to syringes. weren't we told there would not be one dime of a tax increase for those earning less than $250,000? this will affect each and every american, it will affect your ability to buy the very things you need for your children, your parents, or your own family. think about all the medical devices you use within your family. i've run out of time but i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to oppose speaker pelosi's takeover of health care this bill, which weighs in at nearly 2,000 pages and more than 70 pounds will
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raise taxes on individuals and small businesses, cut health care for seniors, raise health care premiums, ration care, and give federal bureaucrat more power over decisions that should be made by constituents and their doctors. the bill raises taxes by $730 billion and costs nearly $1.3 trillion. we literally cannot afford this government takeover of health care. there's a better way. we should instead be lowering health care costs by enacting medical liability reforming strengthening association health plans, allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in federal health care programs. madam speaker, -- mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to oppose speaker bepelosi's health care bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri rise? >> to address the house for one
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minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. as we continue to discuss the health care bill, this monstrous health care bill, one thing is clear. american families simply cannot afford this attempt at a government takeover of health care. the proposed plan is the wrong prescription for our country this monstrous piece of legislation is a prescription for tax increases and job losses. most importantly and unfortunately, with the government dictating health care terms and choices, we're going to see a lower standard of care for our families. by forcing this mammoth overhaul on hardworking american the majority is hoping to create a health care system that increases taxes on small businesses, and piles insurmountable debt on our children. republicans have offered a more responsible, incremental approach to improve our health care system in a way that controls costs and provides the
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quality care that americans deserve. despite months of town hall meetings at which millions of americans voice their opposition to government takeover of health care, the majority still doesn't get it. the american people deserve more, they want more. thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: think gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, as we enter our country's progress to creating a better, and more just economy for ourselves and our children, i want to offer a quote from a business in my district with 60 employees that underlines why we need to move forward. this is one of the good guys he employees 60 people with good wages and benefits and for 2010 he's been told his health insurance premiums are beginning up 32%. we have heard for months now
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about how we're moving too fast and how we've got to take our time, but the fact of the matter is it is time to act so that we can have an economy that can address creating new jobs without taking on enormous new benefit costs, which is the reality today, particularly for small businesses in the self--- and the self-employed. if you care about growing this subcommittee and giving the risk takers of america the opportunity to go out and pursue their dream, we have got to create a stable marketplace which h.r. 3692 will do with a national health insurance purchasing exchange. i thank ewe, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the pelosi health care plan raises premiums, raises taxes, cuts medicare, and costs over $1 trillion. if you need more reasons to be
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concerned about it, there are 1,990 pages that will give you all kinds of excuses. the good news is, there are about 20 votes short. the bad news is, it's time to make a deal in washington. so if you're a swing democrat and you need a road or a bridge or new building or a federal earmark in your district, walk down the hall and see the speaker and put your vote on the bargaining block and you, too, can be won over in terms of government sponsored health care. this is no way to run a republic. there are alternatives. targeted, market-oriented reforms that will not raise taxes and that will not cut medicare. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my
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remark. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today in strong support of house resolution 867, which imposes further consideration of the goldstone report. i have been to gaza and seen the dezlation in which the people of gaza survive. i have been to israel and seen where civilians have been hammered relentlessly by rockets from gaza. i have seen the fortified recreation center there with bomb shelters, the only place where children feel safe to play. this complex battle deserves to be examined. but we cannot turn the victims into perpetrators. we cannot forget history. for eight years, hamas has fired rockets at innocent civilians. israel finally struck back, defending itself against an opportunistic enemy. i am grate l -- grate to feel chairman berman for his work on this issue and we must not let a deeply flawed report destroy
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progress made in the peace progress. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this week the house is going to vote on the democrats' late etc. plan for pelosi's government-run health insurance. the bill is ,000 pages long, weighs 20 pounds and costs more than $1 trillion with over 400,000 words in it that comes out to $2.5 million a word. the bill creates 111 new bureaucracies that will decide what kind of government-approved health care is best for your family and you. speaker pelosi wants america to believe this is the only way to reform health care. but i know there's a better solution.
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that's why i introduced the small business health fairness act my bill, h.r. 2607, allows small businesses to band together to purchase health insurance so they can enjoy the same bargaining power large corporations and labor unions have at the purchasing table. we know that buying in bulk reduces the price tag and health care is no different. government health care is not the way to solve the problem. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, in our attempts to reform the nation's health care, there have been a lot of solutions. new we hear the 32% solution. i'd like to read you a letter from a constituent. i received my new premium increase.
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it increased 32%. i i have an individual spoil with a $2,500 deductible. anthem did not spend one penny on me in the last year. this has followed 15% to 25% increases in the last eight years. this is one reason 30% of realtors in the united states don't have health insurance. mr. wagner, the realtors are not alone. millions of americans face this uh sin -- unsustainable health insurance system where if they can get coverage, it's pricing itself beyond their reach. we need change we need competition and choice, and that's what the affordable health care for america act does. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute mr. lungren: 23 you were to write a reform of the health care system of oamerica, you wouldn't have a the pelosi bill. if you were to write the health care bill for liberal san francisco, you'd have the pelosi bill. why?
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it would cost too much, it would tax too much, it would be heavy on government, it would be wild on bureaucracy, it would contain 3,425 separate uses of the word mandate. 3,424 times the government is going to tell you what to do. 3,425 times we're giving power to the federal government to get between you and your government. in america, it makes no sense. it may make sense in liberal san francisco, but in my district, it doesn't. for the rest of the united states, it doesn't. let's save america from this fate. let's save the american system. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from rhode island. >> request permission to
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address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: as this congress takes up the debate to fix our nation's health care crisis by passing universal health care, i'd like to take a minute to talk about a family from rhode island. barbara is the mother of two boys, one of whom has hemophilia. three months of his medicine costs $1 million, not to mention doctor offices -- doctor visits and hospitalizations. she also has multiple sclowscle roe sis. -- sclerosis. she has insurance, but is held hostage. there are families like barbara's struggling to afford to keep the coverage they have or to get it in the first place.
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it's time to pass health insurance reform. the bill before us will change the system in america and health care being a privilege only for those who can afford it to being a right for everyone. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> we're not keeping our eye on the ball. this is about people. in 1965, i was in northern europe working for a group laying a pipeline in northern europe. i got my nose broken and sent to the doctor. i stood in line for 2 1/2 hours to reach the doctor. went into a nurse's room, told her my name she passed it through a ooth window to a doctor. walked in the doctor's office, he said, what's wrong with you? he -- i said, i think my nose is broken. he grabbed it, wiggled it, it
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star -- started to bleed. he said it's broken and sent me to get a prescription. that's the pelosi health care plan. that's the future of health care in america. if we go forward with this government-run pelosi-style health care. this is something americans should stand up against. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> it's hard to reform health care, you've at goth to take on some of the special interests in america. perhaps that's why it's been 139 days since the republican leadership announced they'd have an alternative but don't have one yet. perhaps it's because at the heart of this is the insurance industry. most people don't know, but the republicans do know very well, health insurance industry is exempt from antitrust law. they do not have to play by the
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same rules as any other american business. they can and do co-lewd to jack up rates. they can and do collude to divide markets and exclude kmp decision. they can do -- and exclude competition. they're outside the antitrust law of of the united states of america. the democratic bill will repeal this unfair antitrust exemption, bring real competition to this industry for the first time since the 1940's. the republicans don't want to touch that with a 100-foot pole or maybe a $10,000 contribution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? . mr. olson: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. olson: the pelosi health care bill would have a significant impact on the texas economy and existing physician-owned hospitals and a quality of health care in my home state of texas.
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texas leads the nation with 50 physician-owned hospitals, but under this bill these hospitals would be prohibited from adding beds or otherwise increasing capacity and medicare payments to any doctor-owned hospitals would be prohibited. according to a january, 2009 study by health economic study group, physician-owned hospitals employ over 22,000 texans and have a net economic impact of $2.3 billion on the texas economy. the pelosi health care bill will have a significant impact on the economy and more importantly the quality care that these hospitals provide our communities. it's wrong for government health care. it's wrong to pay for government health care by punishing these providers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? >> ask unanimous consent to
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address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: 90% of the children of america at some point in their lifetime certain populations of the children will be on food stamps. i'm very proud of speaker pelosi. this is not the pelosi health care, this is america's health care. this is the input of americans from all around the nation. 96% of americans will be covered by this health bill and no woman will be denied insurance because of pre-existing disease such as pregnancy. what an outrage. i have been working on physician-owned hospital issue now for almost four years. we are engaged in providing opportunities for physician-owned hospitals to expand, to be able to provide services to general acute care services in this bill. i know we are going to be victorious. i know that the hospitals need to be covered. i know that we are not going to lose jobs. this is a bill that serves all of america. i'm glad that my colleague had the opportunity to be in aure peaian-style health care. that is not what it is.
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it is going to allow people in america to live and not the 18,000 that die every year because they do not have health insurance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: pass health reform now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without, the gentleman is recognized. mr. cantor: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to speak about the majority's move to overhaul our health care system this week. and from what i can see, mr. speaker, the version of health care reform that this majority is bringing forward is a horrible, horrible step. the bill is something unseen before. it's a $1 trillion attempt to overhaul the system we know with one that we don't. mr. speaker, the republicans will stand united against this bill. mr. speaker, and we'll do so because, one, the american people have spoken out and they see that this is an extreme
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attempt to try and address what's really wrong with our system and it doesn't match what the mainstream commonsense american wants. number two, mr. speaker, contrary to the suggestions on the other side, we do have a better way. we will be offering our republican plan. and that plan will reduce health care costs. it is well documented the majority is unconcerned about reducing costs for the people who have insurance in this country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> yesterday, the "wall street journal" ran an editorial on the speaker's health care bill entitled the worst bill ever. an understatement to say the least. to quote the journal, ms. pelosi's handiwork ranks with the smoot-hauley act as the worse congress has ever
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contemplated. let's make no mistake the democrat takeover of health care is to accomplish what f.d.r. could not. a cradle to grave omnipotent government. it will extend the recession just as surely as f.d.r.'s programs prolong the gregs. government's take overof 16% of our economy to the tune of almost $730 billion in new taxes and additional $1.2 trillion in new spending. one thing is for sure, mr. speaker, america is getting sick. sick of this congress' government knows best attitude. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. -- >> let's look at the numbers on the democratic health care bill. almost 2,000 pages this new bill creates 111 new offices, commissions, programs, and
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bureaucracy. it creates more than 3,400 new duties for bureaucrats in washington. it also will eliminate millions of jobs in the private sector and unprecedented expansion of the federal bureaucracy. instead of listening to what americans want and working on meaningful reform, the democratic leadership came up with a bill that will cost hirps more than $1.2 trillion and do nothing to make health care more affordable in this country. this is on top of the $9 trillion deficit we are expected to have over the next decade in this country. controlling costs should be our number one priority for this administration. unfortunately, my colleagues from across the aisle continue to ignore meaningful medical liability reform which this year alone could save over $11 bill. we should be listening to what the american public wants and is demanding real tangible methods of reform w that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. diaz-balart: mr. speaker, last week the speaker introduced her so-called health care reform bill that will cost over $1.2 trillion and will be paid for by massive new taxes on small businesses and cuts to medicare. with unemployment at 10% and small businesses throughout the country struggling to survive, it is irresponsible to pass legislation that will place a higher tax burden on small businesses. and president obama has pledged to let the bush tax cuts expire. so small business can expect at least two tax hits in two years. a radio journalist from back home asked me this morning if measures are being taken in congress to alleviate unemployment. my reply was, no. unfortunately there is a kind of war on free enterprise going on in washington now. and i'm told that war has ended. unemployment will not drop. we should be be encouraging job
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growth and not destroying jobs with bills like this so-called health reform. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. goodlatte: the reviews are starting to come in on house speaker nancy pelosi's health care reform proposal. and those reviews are pretty serious. in my home state the "richmond times dispatch" calls the bill, grotesque. but perhaps the best description that i have seen, the most accurate description i have seen is in the "wall street journal," that wrote an editorial on sunday calling this legislation, the worst bill ever. and how could anyone conclude otherwise? this 1,099-page run away train, more than 400,000 words creating more than 53 new government agencies and programs is not the
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change that the american people asked for. this bill is going to raise the cost of health care to the overwhelming majority of americans. it's going to make our health care system more complicated than it already is, more costly than it already is, and there are simple reforms that key wee could adopt if we would pay attention to what the american people want. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. brown: mr. speaker, i rise today on behalf of all south carolinians that will be harmed by the democrats' $1.3 trillion proposed health care bill, h.r. 3962. the majority's health care bill will increase health care costs, uses taxpayers' dollars to pay for abortions, and create bigger government in the form of 111
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new bureaucrats. worse yet, in the first district of south carolina this bill with -- would increase taxes for 8,700 small business, cut benefits for over 11,000 seniors, and burden south carolinian veterans with a debt they will never be able to repay. republicans have focused on the concerns of the american people and created a strong republican alternative that advocates smaller government and increases health care coverage while decreasing cost. the democrats in congress must listen to the people and work with us to create a health care plan that south carolinians and all american families want and need. thanks, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in my district i'm often asked, do i think health care reform will pass this session? my answer is always, i certainly hope so. the status quote should be be
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unacceptable to everyone. however, speaker pelosi's reform proposal is not the right reform. our overriding principle should be first, do no harm. unfortunately in my humble opinion speaker pelosi's proposal will do significant harm. just two examples. the speaker's proposal seeks to cut funding from medicare by over $400 billion. making access to quality health care more difficult for our nation's senior citizens. and second, it raises taxes on small businesses making it more difficult for employers to cover their employees with health insurance. there is a better way. the republican alternative is about lowering the cost of health care for all americans, about ensuring the portability of health insurance and ending the denial of health insurance to do to -- due to pre-existing conditions. remember, first, do no harm. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
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balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, the pelosi health care bill raises taxes especially on small business. small businesses will be hit with up to an 8% surcharge for those who cannot afford health insurance. mr. speaker, the pelosi health care bill cuts medicare and reduces benefits to seniors. the 10 million seniors who now enjoy coverage under the medicare advantage program will lose their coverage. mr. speaker, the pelosi health care plan will add to the government's long-term deficit problems. a plan has a number of entitle programs that in the long run will never be paid for but will add to the nation's debt. mr. speaker, the pelosi health
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care bill is 1,9990 pages takeover -- government takeover of the health care system. mr. speaker, i would urge my colleagues to vote no on the pelosi health care plan. let's mend our current health care system not end it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, with the new health care bill that spends $1 trillion and creates over 100 new bureaucracy and projects, i believe all the focus is in the wrong place. the bill still raises taxes on small businesses, hitting many with the 5.4% surtax when they are struggling in a tough economy. the bill imposes a new tax on medical devices which will increase costs for patients by adding costs on hearing aids, bandages, and wheelchairs. this will also result in lost
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jobs for medical technology companies that employ over 20,000 people in my state of minnesota. the bill will hurt seniors with $500 billion of cuts to medicare, including eliminating demare advantage programs for over 19,000 seniors in my district. mr. speaker, we shouldn't ram through a 2,000-page bill on the backs of small business and seniors. there is a better way. we should be working on commonsense reforms that will actually lower premiums for families, individuals, and small businesses. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute, without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i stand in strong support of house resolution 867 which condemns the united nations human rights council's past resolution and the fact-finding mission which led to the goldstone report. the lopsided anti-israel report blatantly ignored so much what
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came before operation cast lead. palestinian troops, including hamas, have been responsible for launching more than 10,000 rockets and mortars at israeli cities. in november, 2008 alone, over 120 rockets and mortars were fired at israeli cities injuring hundreds of people. furthermore, israel did all it could to avoid causing civilian casualties and hamas did all it could to cause them. the simple truth was never acknowledged, confirmed, or written. israel's our fellow democratcy, our true and tried ally. supporting it is essential to the stability and future of the middle east. any democracy that chooses to treat israel as a suspect state to impose on israel false accusations and daunting deadlines for peace agreements should know that its actions ultimately do actions to the share values all democracies exspouse. i urge congress and the united states to stand against the report. i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from texas rise? >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: so ordered. mr. poe: mr. speaker, it came on two pages, it has width stood the agets, the word shall is only 10 times mentioned. but enough to get one's attention. though taxthis law raise to this day it continues to create much praise, two great religious does it claim, the law of the 10 commandments is its name. a current writing 1,990 pages long has a socialist philosophy that is all wrong. difficult for the people to understand and troubling what big government doth demand. over 3,444 shalls does it alow. new massive taxes does it proudly tout. written in secret by the bureaucrats, for exclusive use by the taxocrats. the congressional bill called health care reform is illusionary, the authors are still ill informed. government ought not take over america's health biz, and that's
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just the way it is. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> well, as president reagan used to say, there you go again. the crowd of the 1960's who said that would bring the -- bring socialized health care to the united states are now opposing health care for all. saying it will bring socialized medicine and all skinds of ills. we have 46 million americans who don't have health coverage that will grow to 50 million or more, so people who have coverage now will lose theirs. this democratic majority will do something. we're going to pass a comprehensive health care bill
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that will ensure that virtually all americans will have health care. we're going to pass a bill that will make sure the insurance companies can't refuse to cover you because they say you have a pre-existing condition. we're going to make it so the insurance companies don't continue to collude among themselves to keep premiums high. we're going to make it so we have affordable health care for all. the american people should reject the lies and scare tactics, we're going to have health care for all and it's going to be good for the american people. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the speaker pro tempore: thank you, mr. speaker. >> a couple of minutes ago, there was a member on the democratic side who i sensed a twinkle in his eye when he was trying to make the assertion there were no republican alternatives to the bill. anyone who has been around this place knows that's a joke. there are 50 republican bill, 150 amendments offered by the republicans, so the notion that
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the g.o.p. is showing up late is nonsense. i think the twinkle in the eye is witness to that. here's the part that's no joke this bill, mr. speaker, creates 111 new bureaucracies that speaker pelosi is going to foist on our constituents. we know what it's like to get a constituent panic call when they can't navigate through some bureaucracy and now there's going to be 111 new offices, departments, commissions, and so forth that our constituents are going to have to deal with. they are ill-equipped to deal with an aggressive federal government that's going to take over 1/6 of the economy. we can do better. let's vote against this bill. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, there are so many reasons why the american
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people are opposing the pelosi government takeover of your health care bill. 111 different offices, bureaus and commissions to get between you and your doctor, preventing you getting the health care you need when you need it. 3,425 uses of the word shall to ensure that bureaucrats take away your choices and drive up your health care costs. $150 billion cut from the medicare advantage program, endangering seniors who rely upon the program. but mr. speaker, let me give you a trillion more reasons to oppose this plan. a minimum trillion-dollar cost on a country that's already going bankrupt. we've got our first trillion-drar deficit. under poth because ma, we'll trip they will national debt in the next 10 years. mr. speaker we -- you cannot improve a nation's health care by bankrupting it, its families, and its children.
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this must be rejected. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and rhett rith my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> the american people continue to reject the notion ma when it comes to government we know best. this house rejects that, saying government can do whatever it darn well pleases. we're presented with a 1,990 page bill that redefines health care. hundreds of millions of americans will be forced out of current plans. it will mean fewer benefits for seniors. taxpayers will fund abortion. illegal aliens will receive benefits. federal and state tacks will go up as a result. and furthermore the cost of health care will continue to rise. there's a better way, a different plan than the pelosi health care bill.
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that's what i'll support. it will control health care costs by capping the amount of losses and help americans get the health care they truly the serve. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from massachusetts rise? ms. tsongas: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. tsongas: this bill represents tireless negotiation, comp mice and influence from americans all over the country. we have been trying to reform our health care system since harry truman's presidency. this bill is by no means represents brand new ideas. rather, it's been a work in progress for decades. attempts to reform our health care system in the past have failed because of false claims that this is socialized medicine. of course, these are the same arguments the bill's opponents are making today. it won't work this time because the american people are tired
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of unaffordable premiums, of unfairly losing coverage, and the fine print that prevents them getting the tear kay need. to give the power back to the patient by creating a more transparent, more competitive health insurance market. in a country as wealthy as ours, no one should have to face losing their life or seriously compromising their health because they cannot access, cannot afford, or have been denied health care coverage. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from missouri rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> before we debate this health care bill that my colleagues and i are trying to read this week, let me share with you how this bill defines a checkup, known as a primary care service. i'll quote from page 1,056. the term primary care services meanest valuation and management services without regard to the specialty of the physician furnishing that are procedure codes for services in
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the category designated valuation and management in the health care common procedure coding established by the secretary as of december 31, 2009, and subsequently modified by the secretary, end quote. that's a checkup. and all that section of the bill really says is we're going to define it in the future fism had a time, mr. speaker, i try to read every bill. as this legislation goes, it's pretty darn complicated. what we need to accomplish is very simple. we need to lower the cost of health care in order to improve access to the system. it doesn't take 1,990 pages. we could do it in 19 pages. we ought to do it in terms the american public can understand. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> the democrats are currently wheeling and dealing behind
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closed doors. additionally the democrat scheme provides a back door to allow government funding of abortion. since 1976, federal funds have been barred from being used for abortion and democrats refuse to continue this policy. some of my colleagues will tell you the plan doesn't fund abortion. but at least one plan participating through the new government exchange must cover abortion services. it contains explicit language saying nothing shall be construed as preventing the public option from paying for all elective abortion. it will be a federal program, using federal funds. the mesh taxpayers will be forced to send part of their funds to washington every year to end the life of an urn born child. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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>> isn't it ironic that as many americans are celebrating the freedom to choose by casting votes across america on this election day, the house will begin consideration the bill that threatens the freedom to choose their own health care plan. the pelosi bill will allow government takeover, raise taxes on hardworking americans and small businesses and get this takes away a half trillion dollars worth of health care from our seniors. it includes taxes on wheelchairs, hearing aids, and pacemakers. this is not the right solution to improve our health care system. what we need is real improvement and that is what will lower the cost. lower the risk pools by allowing small businesses to band together. allow people to purchase insurance across state lines. ayou lou states to create high risk pools to lower the cost for uninsured and underinsured. we must work together to get this done for the good of the americans across this country, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, when we come to real health reform we need to take costs out, not add it as this monstrosity of a bill does. there's consensus for real reform that would re-engineer to bring it into this century and end junk lawsuits against our doctors. speaker pelosi permits none of this, squelching over 45 real health care reform bill that was been introduced. instead, it places a job-killing tax on small businesses that the obama administration will cost five million jobs. it cuts senior benefits by half a trillion dollars to create 111 new government agencies. that's not reform. let's stop this bill go back to square one and give the american people what they're demanding, the protection of their health freedom and real reform today.
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, freedom to choose your own health care plan is what's at stake here. the drum beat for entitlement, for government control of health care, for a health choice commissioner who will decide himself essential benefitsing for setting a precedent that will devolve into a rationing of medicine through politics. this is driven by an appetite for a government-run economy that is blind to the consequences and one of those consequences is a $137b9 trillion cost in this bill. another is the job-killing mandates and the cuts to seniors' medicare plans, including a gutting of medicare advantage that's in this bill. the cost of the tax increases on business.
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how high can we stack these taxs? we have the highest corporate -- one of the highest comp rat tax rates in the world. we will see the consequence in higher unemployment. should health care be nationalized, medical rationing is inevitable. and we'll see the adverse effects on economic growth and opportunity, unfortunately, that will be lessened. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> each year, planned parenthood kills 300,000 children by abortion. yet yesterday, yet another planned parenthood director resigned over abortion. the director of a clinic in college station, texas, said she had a change of heart after watching an ultra sound of an actual abortion in realtime. self-described as extremely pro-choice, but now pro-life, she said she knew it was time to quit in september when she watched an unborn child, quote,
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crumble as the baby was vacuumed, dismembered, and destroyed. many, including especially self-described extremely pro-choice americans like abbey johnson are beginning to recognize the ugly truth about abortions, it kills babies and wounds their mothers. thus we must protect both victims of abortions by enacting the stupak-pitts amendment to the health care bill. i appeal to the leadership, make the stupak amendment in order and please, no phony compromises. because there's nothing benign or compassionate about abortions. the speaker pro tempore: i ask all members to heed the gavel. . the gentlelady from maryland. without objection. ms. edwards: i rise today in support of quality, affordable health care for all americans. finally we'll get it done for the american people, for 139 days my friend on the other side of the aisle have promised health care reform.
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now we think they have a bill but we haven't really seen it and it's not real reform. so let's talk about what we are going to do for the american people and not just what is wrong in saying no. we are going to end discrimination for pre-existing medical conditions. if you have experienced domestic violence or you have had an underlying condition, you will be be able to get health care for yourself and your family. you won't be able to be dropped because you're sick. you won't have co-pays and deductibles for preventive care. this is what health care reform really means for the american people. and it's going to be affordable. we'll provide credits for folks if you -- your income doesn't quite get up there or you work for a small employer and the employer can't quite afford health care. we want to make sure that all the american people have the ability to achieve quality, affordable health care. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired the gentlelady's time has expired -- the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama rise?
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>> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i have reviewed this bill and it is a jobs killer. before i came to congress i was a small businessperson. i know what it is to start small businesses and to run them. and i know how difficult it is to sustain those jobs. this congress, the democrat majority, rather than trying to find ways to help the people who are struggling with unemployment right now, small businesss, -- small businesses create jobs, is finding a way to hinder them by penalizing employers who can't afford to provide health insurance for their employees f we want to make sure they have access to health insurance, let's find ways to allow association health plans, to allow people to buy health insurance across state lines, to get costs down. to pass tort reform and do other meaningful things that make access more practical. first and foremost let's don't kill jobs in an economy that's already struggling with 10% unemployment. that's what this bill does. it's time for this congress to
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get out of the way and stop job killing and start trying to help small businesses create new jobs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. flake: someone with a lot of time on his hands or more likely somebody with a pretty good search engine found that the 2,000-page pelosi health care bill uses the word shall more than 3,000 times. that's an average of more than 1.5 times per page. it seems about the only page where the word shall is not used is the page that states that members of congress may enroll in the government-run insurance option. no shall here. just may. in other words, what's good for the country isn't necessarily good for congress. i'd encourage anyone who is watching or listening out there to call the speaker and ask her why? why if this government-run insurance option is so good, why aren't members of congress required to enroll in it as
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well? i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hall: we are here in the people's house, the other body's called the house of lords. we are here to represent the people that sent us here. i quote a great speech from a governor, john connolly of texas, when he was first elected governor back in 1963. i served in the texas senate. i was in the crowd as he was speaking to a group of school board trustees telling them to run their own schools, to make their own decisions, not the nation, not the state, but they should make the decisions. they are there just like you're here. he told the story about ancient mariners that were adrift, shipwrecked, off the coast of south america, unknown to them their raft had drifted into the fresh waters of the mouth of the
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amazon river. they prayed for help. ship ahigh rang out the cry. there came a story from the water, drop your buckets where you are. their boat had drifted into the fresh waters of the mouth of the amazon river. don't vote to dim the lives of future generations. the future taxpayers and who are the victims? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. health reform is a moral and national imperative. as a physician my experience treating uninsured patients at public hospitals teaches me that empowering patients is the best way to lower costs and improve patient's health. patients are the best guardians of health care dollars, real reform empowers patients to make wise decisions for their wallets and their health. unfortunately this bill
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introduced last week empowers government not patients. and this 2,000-page bill, trillion dollars, is concentrating power in washington taking it away from states and citizens. for example t. creates 111 boards bureaucracy and commissions, $730 billion in taxes. this government centered plan won't work. in fact the congressional budget office says that it increases the cost to patients and taxpayers. the patient centered alternate offered by republicans will save patients money, save taxpayers money, and expand access to quality care. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. late they are week we'll be voting on legislation that dramatically revamps our nation's health care system. the 1,990-page, $1.055 trillion
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democratic health care proposal is a measure that raises individual and businesses taxes and reduces funding for medicare. the bill signed into law will be harmful to new jersey's taxpayers, senior citizens, and businesses and as such i will be voting against speaker pelosi's health care bill. instead, i will be supporting a fiscally responsible alternative that includes medical liability reform, small business insurance pooling, and letting families and businesses buy insurance across state lines. ideas that have strong bipartisan support but are absent from the democratic plan. the republican alternative is the only health care reform measure that improves what is working in our health care system and fixes what is broken. the fiscally responsible manner without raises taxes or increasing our ever-growing debt and deficit. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker, as we
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are up here discussing this there are folks from the democratic caucus trying to better understand and get the support -- understand the support that exists for this bill. this bill is not speaker pelosi's bill or the democrats' bill. mr. speaker, this is america's bill. we are the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn't have a plan to take care of health care for its citizens. america's catching up to the 21st century where other countries have been in the 20th. in my community our emergency room and our public hospital is about to close because they are so far in debt because they have so many people that don't have insurance that can't afford to pay but they take them in. they can't afford to pay it with the property taxes that are are rising. this bill will help keep emergency rooms and trauma centers opened. it will say people with pre-existing conditions can get insurance. there won't be a limit on the amount of money you can have they'll say to the insurance companies they don't make the rules. the people make the rules. and will have insurance that's
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affordable and available and save our country economically and save individuals as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dreier: my friend from tennessee has described this as america's bill no, sir the pelosi health care plan. it is in fact americans who are going to have to shoulder the burden if god forbid it becomes public law. the american people when they think about health care reform are not thinking about taxpayer funding of abortion on demand. they are not thinking about a $500 billion cut in medicare. they are thinking about greater transparency. these are the kinds of concerns that rank-and-file democrats have joined with republicans in raising. the american people want many of the things that my friend from tennessee has just advocated. they want us to deal with pre-existing conditions. they want us to ensure there is an opportunity for children, young people up to the age of 25 to continue to be on their parent's plan. they want people to buy
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insurance across state lines. they want us to bring about a step by step approach that's exactly what the american people want. that's exactly what our alternative does. that's what this house should do. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, 85% of the american public are happy with the insurance they have. 80% of them know that it costs too much. but all of them understand that when you try to do what the democrats are talking and adding $1 trillion of expense, they understand we can't afford it. i have 30 grandchildren. i'm concerned about passing this cost on to my children and grandchildren. this is a bill that we start paying for now. the taxes start paying for it now. and it doesn't even start covering people for four years. what's the rush?
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why don't we do something that's good? why don't we have a republican solution for approving access for affordability for american health care? we support tort reform. we support allowing negotiating across state lines and group purchasing power which will lower the cost of insurance. we support choice of coverage without the government forcing people into government-run health care. i strongly oppose the democrat big spending health care bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? >> to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, washington is attempting to take over our health care system, roughly 16% of the economy. in the shadow of approximately $12 trillion national debt, i am deeply concerned about the financial direction our country is taking. our annual deficit set an all-time record this year of $1.4 trillion, three times the previous record. our future obligations are over
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$50 trillion. and we have no plan to pay any of it back. this is unsustainable. while people in my state of colorado and all over the country are are struggling, the federal government has the audacity to propose raising taxes by another $730 billion for health care. besides higher tax, the health care plan is largely paid for, if you can call it that, by raiding medicare. another entitlement program that is nearly insolvent. if congress were a publicly traded company t. would be looking at huge civil and criminal penalties for shoddy bookkeeping. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> over the course of this last year hi many meetingsings with constituents and heard their views among health care reform. among of those were dash from laraine, ohio. he's 56.
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in february of 2007 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and as he fought that cancer, kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer. the they have health insurance coverage through his job at the steel mill, but as both were receiving treatment, the costs nonetheless began to add up. their out-of-pocket spending became overwhelming and they are now using their pension funds to pay for the medical bills instead of having funds for retirement. kathy told me about how guilty she feels about all of that and that their 235e78 has -- family has to pay out of this because their insurance coverage isn't adequate and there are a lot of americans who need better health care insurance. when they came to my office they brought stacks and stacks ever invoices, explanations ever benefits. they talked about how they are trying to pay their bills and they are doing it slowly but surely. but he worries and lives in fear that his job will go away at the mill and he won't be able to get coverage. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. sutton: that's why we need health care reform. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, health care reform should be focused on lowering the cost of health care and health insurance. yet democrats are pushing a bill that woin crease cost by having the government take over our nation's health care system. under the democrat bill, seniors would be forced to pay more for fewer medicare benefits. families will pay more out of their pockets for health care, and it will be more expensive for small businesses to offer health inbenefits. on top of these higher individual premiums and prices, the democrat bill increases government spending by over $1 trillion in the first decade. we need to lower costs and give families and individuals more choices. not increase costs and restrict choices through government takeover. one of the clear ways to reduce cost is to end lawsuit abuse. frivolous lawsuits drive up the cost of health care for everyone. yet on this issue democrats are
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on the side of lawsuits. mr. speaker, legislation that increases spending over $1 trillion while increasing the cost paid by seniors is not what my district's about. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. jordan: mr. speaker, americans hate being told what to do. it's just part of our collective d.n.a. we like freedom. we like the ability to choose. we like the ability to make decisions on our own. what most americans find troubling about this bill, that's 2,000 pages of the government getting between them and their family and their doctor. mr. speaker, are you probably familiar with the old line, for most americans when they are traveling down the highway, they see the sign that says 55, for most americans that's not the limit, that's the challenge. that's just the way we look at things. and here we have this bill that's now going to tell us how as individuals and as families and as small business owners we are going to get our health care. that's what americans find troubling. that's why they are opposed to it. that's why we need real reform
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and not this 2,000 page takeover of health care. the speaker pro tempore: frotches the gentleman from nebraska rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. objection. . >> when i look at the challenges we face. needing to first streamline medicare and medicaid, and find this braud that's out there first before we go about depending on monty we find, we can make a lot of progress rather than implementing 111 new agencies, commissions, bureaucracy, in general. mr. speaker, we owe americans better than this and we can do better. thank you, i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bartlett: mr. speaker, yesterday a member of the amish community called my office. very concerned that if this bill passes they are going to be fined. because of their religious conviction. the members of this community do not buy health care insurance. they don't cost the taxpayer anything. this community takes care of all of their health care needs. page 300 of the bill, i read that, it's not clear to me whether they would be protected or not. one thing is very clear, that those who wrote this bill didn't communicate with this community, this big community we know their problems, we know their issues. this is just one more reason to reject this bill and start over and get it right because clearly they didn't get it right here. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. coble: the majority of my
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constituents believe the united states has the world's best delivery of health care services. i concur. these same constituents are not adverse to reform, but they feel the pelosi health care plan will leave the gate wide open for introduction of overwhelming governmental involvement. . our health care system may well need adjusting, some fine tuning, what it does not need is a major overhaul. the pelosi plan is indeed a major overhaul and should be rejected. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> the speaker's health care bill accounts for nearly 2,000 pages and $1.055 trillion and
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raises $730 billion in new taxes. businesses who cannot to afford employees and individuals who can't pay insurance would face $760 billion and half a trillion would be on the backs of mostly small businesses. the bill would slash medicare and medicaid services. the home health care providers, the nursing homes, the hospitals, the doctors and it would impose a $5 billion unfunded mandate on our states in the form of a new medicaid burden at a time when our state can ill afford it. the state of florida alone would have a price tag of $5 billion. this bill is bad for consumers, patients and health care professionals and it is an expensive unfunded burden on our states and stripping of freedom that is called for.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? -- florida, i'm sorry. >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> during such tough economic times i find it incredible that the majority insists on passing a health care bill that could destroy small businesses, the very backbone of our american economy, but that's what this proposed legislation is going to dofment it would institute a surtax, 5.4% on high-income earners and half of the tax is going to be paid by small businesses. the surtax would push the marginal tax rate at 45% of income, a rate we haven't since 1986. it requires employ employers to provide insurance. if they can't afford it, they will be charged 8%. it is destructive for small businesses and dangerous for american taxpayers and disaster for the american people.
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no amendments to the bill. shame on you, nancy pelosi. americans deserve better. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burton: mr. speaker, if i were talking to america, i would say this is nancy pelosi's answer to health care. it's going to cost $2.25 million per word and we don't even have the manager's amendment yet, which is probably going to add another 600 to 700 pages to this. this is going to cut medicaid and medicare advantage by $470 billion. seniors are going to feel it. it's going to end up rationing health care, maybe for everybody but certainly for seniors. the taxes are going to go through the roof and nobody has read this. we have a reading room and we are trying to go through it, but even when we read this, we still
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don't have the manager's amendment. we don't need this rush to judgment. we need to get it right. we need to take our time and get a real bill that's going to help the american bill, not something that is going to cost an arm and a leg. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. herger: mr. speaker, we need the facts about this massive 2,000-page prescription for government-run health care. financial experts at the center for medicare/medicaid services and other independent analysis have found that the democrat plan for government-run health care would not only fail to reduce skyrocketing health care costs, it will actually increase them. now with the vote looming on one of the most important bills in our nation's history to come through this chamber, i'm urging speaker pelosi to allow time for
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a proper analysis on how her bill will affect us in the long-term instead of keeping congress and the american people in the dark on the impact of government-run health care. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. >> health care reform is important but shouldn't come at the expense of the public's number one concern, the joblessness. massive plans now under consideration threaten to disrupt 1/6 of our economy through tax hikes and punishing regulations. this is all in the service of a health care bill that is a budgetary train wreck. this bill forces drastic changes on a deeply divided public and proposal hises radical government intrusion in every sector of health care. it will have the effect of breaking the president's promise that you can keep what you have.
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it will not bring the cost curve down and burden the states with huge mandates and send insurance premiums through the roof. it threatens medicare advantage plans. it allows for government funding of abortion and no real liability for reform. we need health care reform but we can do better than this. we must do better than this. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i returned yesterday from a four-day visit from afghanistan to meet with our troops as part of a congressional delegation. it's clear to me that the soldiers are performing at a high level. their dedication and spirit is strong. as they work to prevent al qaeda from regaining a foot hold. we need to increase the number of troops to help them succeed. i believe firmly, this is the best means of protecting the
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united states and our people from terrorists' attacks. there is no question that the taliban is a destabilizing force with ties to al qaeda. the taliban is a threat to our national security in america. we need to provide the resources to our troops to ensure that their counterinsurgency strategy is successful. the troop level should accomplish the mission. congress should give consideration to our military leaders in answering this question. let me close by saying that i'm very proud of all the men and women serving in afghanistan. they are highly skilled, motivated and i'm confident with the additional troops they can achieve their mission. they are genuine heroes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i have enjoyed the comments by my friends from the other side of the aisle and i would rise today to point out one thing. the largest extension of an entitlement program in the
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history of the united states of america happened under the watch of the republican majority. it happened on a piece of legislation that we had less than 30 hours to read. there were no amendments allowed and increased the debt per decade by more than $750 billion. the amount of federal borrowing from foreign countries doubled under the watch of many of my colleagues here. i'm pleased they are concerned about fiscal responsibility. speaker pelosi has pledged that the bill will be online and the manager's amendment and we had less than 30 on the medicare bill. we are trying to pay for this legislation. we will not, with this legislation, increase the debt $750 billion as did the medicare prescription drug bill passed by the former majority party. americans need health care reform. my friends on the other side of the aisle had 12 years to try to do something constructive. they failed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> permission to address the
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house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker, this week marks the defining moment for this congress and our nation. with $11.9 trillion national debt that continues to grow as government encreaches on every aspect of our lives we are to vote on a nearly 2,000-page bill. it will increase the health care premiums for millions of americans that are happy with their current coverage and will cost nearly $1 trillion placing more debt on our children and grandchildren. it will force businesses to provide health care for their employees or pay fines to the government and would cut $170 billion from medicare advantage to pay for this bill putting nearly 10 million seniors at risk of losing their health care coverage. in ohio, there are nearly half million seniors on medicare
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advantage. our health care system can and should be improved. unfortunately members of congress are not listening to the american people and that is more government is not the answer. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> before the federal government got into health care in the mid-1960's, health care was cheap and affordable. doctors made house calls. we took what was a very minor problem for a very few people and turned it into a major problem. people want medical care that is less expensive. the bill we will vote on is 1990 pages of gobbl gook. as senator leiberman said, this bill will hurt the economic recovery and our long-term fiscal situation. the pattern seems to be that the federal government makes the
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problem so bad that the only solution is for the federal government to take it all over. but a famous man once wrote that there is a simple solution to every human problem, one that is neat, plausible and wrong. this bill is the socialist approach and all it will do over the long haul is make a bad situation even worse. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from montana rise? the speaker pro tempore: address the house for one minute. >> supporters of pelosi's government takeover of health care are dismissing anyone who rejects if they have legitimate concerns. however, they are much slower to demonstrate their courage of their convictions by holding public town hall meetings. americans have the right to be heard. so i hosted 17 town hall meetings in montana. this weekend, more than 500 people came to voice their
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concerns. they weren't there at the request of the insurance industry. out in rural america, people are speaking out against this bill. i heard them loud and clear at my listening situations. it is time for the rest of congress to listen, too. our authority must come from the people and we must ignore them. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, there are people all across this country who are very worried that congress is about to do something that will do great harm to the quality of their lives and will change america forever. they want us to do something to bring down the cost of health insurance. they want us to do something to make it easier for the uninsured and the hard to insure to get coverage. but they want no part of a 1,990 -page bill with new programs and offices with new taxes, with medicare cuts, all at a cost of
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more than $1 trillion. the democratic majority may be able to twist enough arms to ram this through the house. i don't know. but they are leaving the american people behind. this is no way to deal with an issue as important as health care. this bill must be stopped so real, commonsense reform can begin. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> address the house for five minutes, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to bring the voices of my constituents in virginia's first district to the house floor. here are the words of some of my commints -- constituents. elizabeth says, please consider small business observers when evaluating the health care proposals. my business stands up with an 8% profit margin so an 8% of payroll contribution penalty rate would be significant. john says, over the 20 years i
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managed health care plans for corporations, medicaid cost increases was paramount for moy employer and employees. i know how hard i worked at managing health care expense and have zero confidence that the government can handle the job. bottom line is that more government involvement in our health care system is not the answer. sand are a says, i am not in favor of a government-run health care bill. i want to choose my own health insurance. i am opposed to passing a health care bill for the sake of passing a bill. i am opposed to a health care bill that will cause trillions of dollars over the next 10 years and i am not in favor of being penalized because i do not take part in a government health care bill. mr. speaker, they have said it better than i could. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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mr. latourette: mr. speaker, nice to see you in the chair again. i think you get the short straw in the caucus. it's always nice, mr. speaker, when the veil lifts and you get to understand something and i've been puzzled since 2007 when the democrats became the majority party in the house of representatives, when gas prices went from $2.22 the day they took office to $4.14 over the summer. i was puzzled why they passed such meaningful legislation as national train day and so forth and so on. what caught my eye is the bill honoring cats and dogs and the monkey safety act. as we've seen the unemployment rate go from this level to this level and if i had a bigger chart it could keep on going up, but again there's sort of a theme. while people are losing their jobs in america, they pass the mok -- monkey safety act and the shark conservation act. what's their fascination with animals? it wasn't until i read the speaker pelosi's government takeover of health care bill that if you go to page 1255 it
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makes veterinary students eligible for up to $283 million in federal scholarship and student loan forgiveness funding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. latourette: what's with the animals? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. i ask all members to heed the gavel. one minutes. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, we do need health reform in this country but not this plan. we need to use a plan that uses commonsense, to -- common sense, to fix what's broken and keep what's good. 85% of americans have health insurance and 85% of those people are satisfied with what they have. president obama has said over and over that no one will lose their insurance if they're happy with it. in just -- a couple weeks ago he said that seniors on medicare advantage will have to go on regular medicare. that means that 38,000 seniors in my district are going to lose
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their current met care plan. i have many -- medicare plan. i have main small business owners that come up to me and say they're going to be forced to abandon their current plans and go into public option, not because they want to but because it will hurt their businesses if they don't. on page 94 it will prohibity families and businesses from changing plans unless the plan has been approved by the health czar. that's not freedom. this isn't the plan america wants. let's vote this bill down. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend. and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without
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health care. instead of you making the decision, the government makes it for you. and we see time after time, when you substitute a government-run program for individual choice, cost goes up and the quality goes down. when it comes to health care, there's nothing more important than quality and choice. give be the choice i'll always place my -- given the choice i'll always place moy faith in the individual, not in the government. and this time is no different. the american economy is the world's largest. it's three times larger than the japanese, our closest competitor. it's larger than the economies of japan, china, germany and great britain combined. we got there through innovation, choice, competition and individual initiative and responsibility.
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not government control and management. let's keep it that way. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. broun: mr. speaker, when i graduated from medical school, the medical college, i swore to do no harm. mr. speaker, the pelosi health care insurance bill will destroy america. it will destroy the quality of care for everyone. it will destroy jobs. in fact, experts tell us 5.5 million people will lose their jobs. it will destroy private insurance. in fact, it's estimated 114 million people are going to be forced off of their private insurance for the government policy. it's going to destroy our economy. it costs over $1 trillion. it's going to destroy our states' budget. it's going to destroy our home budgets for everyone through higher taxes and through higher private insurance premiums. it's going to destroy our children and grandchildren's future. mr. speaker, we the people in
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america must demand that we destroy the pelosi health care insurance bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: so ordered. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the amazing thing with this whole insurance health care reform debate is that we can fix health care. we can do it in this country. it's not that complicated. we can buy health care across state lines, we can make it competitive, we can bring down prices and make sure everybody has access to health care. but the problems that are fixable are like a leaky fause net somebody's house. this congress could fix that leaky faucet but we're not going to do that pelosi's health care bill says let's burn down the house. let's just burn it down. forget about fixing it, let's tear it down and we'll replace it with some monstrosity that's not going to resemble a house like what we had prior to it. we don't need to burn down the you house. we need to fix that leaky faucet.
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we can fix health care reform in country, we can make it affordable, we can make it accessible, we can make it cheap. we don't need to burn down the house. that's exactly what the pelosi health care bill does. the republicans will have a much better alternative to this being unveiled today. that's what we need to vote for. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> address the house, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, the reforms i'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. these words were spoken on september 9 by the president right at this podium. the fact is that he pointed out that he was proposing to insure 30 million, not the 47 million that we hear today. with the difference between the two, the fact that the president committed not to provide benefits to illegals in this country. the sad fact about the situation is that the proposal that pelosi has given us is one that does not guarantee to the american people that those illegally in the country will get benefits in
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this country, even though they're violating the law. why have pelosi abandoned the systemic alien verification for entitlements program, the save ability? it's because she wants to include that 17 million that are here illegally. the commitment the president has made at this podium should be kept by this house, both sides of the aisle to stand by the save act. it's a system that works, it's been functional, it's been the standard. why abandon it now? the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, this may be the most important vote, the most important debate we will ever engage in as members of congress. we are at a turning point in this country thunderstorm liberal congress, this liberal president, congress has moved to take over so many aspects of american life, there's not much left. the one piece they really want
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control over is our health care. the government will decide what procedures you get, how much the doctor will be paid, when a doctor can do it. that puts the government in control of our health care system. at a time of record debt and deficit, with a deficit over $1 trillion, with a national debt over $12 trillion, "the wall street journal" editorial, if you don't read anything else, i'd encourage you to read yesterday's "wall street journal" editorial which points out in an analysis you can document and carefully research, pelosi's health care bill we she unwrapped last thursday may well be the worst piece of post new deal legislation ever introduced. in a rational political world, this runaway train would have been derailed -- derailed months ago. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? >> address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. mr. inglis: thank you mr. speaker. we must oppose the pelosi health care bill. this bill has within it a public option to which members of congress aren't subject, it has a co-mingling of taxpayer funds for abortion services, tax increases, benefit cuts especially for medicare advantage and in leaving the $245 billion doctor fix out of the bill and putting it in a separate bill, it makes a mockery of what the president said here when he said not dime would be added to the deficit. the bill also has no aappreciateble attempt at medical malpractice reform and tries to avoid state limits imposed by state legislatures. mr. speaker this bill simply must be voted down. we start over, we try to find a collaborative process and we come up with something that will work for america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah rise? >> address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. -- for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bishop: a supreme court justice once wrote that the constitution protects us from our own best intentions. it divides power precisely so that we may resist the temptation to concentrate power in one location as an expedient solution to the crisis of the day. he wasn't talking specifically about the health care bill but there has never been an effort to try to concentrate effort to make it. we are not the only once working on this issue. states are as well. massachusetts has a system. they seem tone joy. it but it wouldn't work in utah. utah has a reform system that's based on our demographics that wouldn't fly in boston. the problem is, if the pelosi bill were to pass, all of these state efforts would be stopped. there's thing we we could do to help the cost go down, tort reform, those things would be good if indeed we were allowed it to do them but they're not part of the pelosi bill. all this does is concentrate power in washington and would
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have the same effect as giving alcohol and keys to the car to a teenage boy. i yield back. . >> it said do everything we talked about, remember money is no object. i took that sheet and went into the manager's partner's office and he said the reason money isn't logic, he doesn't have any money. and he looked in his drawer and it said this, i'm tired of this reckless spending. you are here by cut off. enough is enough. if you don't read anything in this bill please read the section between the lines that says this, money is no object and the reason it's no object is because they're not spending our money but our senior citizens'
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money, jobs' money and money of our grandchildren and the american people are sending a message, enough is enough. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, all 1900 pages, we have learned that the price tag has claimed to $1.2 trillion, $1.2 trillion over 10 years, not the smaller amount that the supporters claim it will cost. over 13,000 of my new jersey constituents have weighed in. about 90% of whom worry that a government takeover would jeopardize their own private health insurance and planned cuts to medicare advantage in the pelosi bill for seniors. medicare cuts to doctors and
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hospitals and their anger and anxiety rise. more washington mandates, more taxes and less control over their lives, people back home have a right to be very worried and angry. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas rise? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and stepped my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tiahrt: speaker pelosi has more than 250 votes in the house of representatives and only needs 218 to pass legislation. the democrats in the other body control 60 votes out of 100. the democrats have the white house. they can pass legislation to take over the health care system in spite of what the american people are saying. and in spite of what the american people are asking for, because you see the people do want health care reform and lower the costs and deduct their health care expenses from their taxes. they want tort reform and want us to address defensive medicine
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costs and want to shop around scroose state lines to get a cheaper price and want health savings accounts. but the bottom line, mr. speaker, they want the freedom to control their health care, the freedom to choose their own doctor. whatever they pass here, mr. speaker, i'll work to repeal. and i'll work for the health care reform that the american public wants to keep them in control of their health care. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, last week, the democrat leadership introduced their ever evolving health care bill, a patch work of deals cut to garner enough votes to secure a political victory. in this bill, the trial lawyers win big. my home state of california has enacted commonsense reform that have lowered liability costs for its residents. malpractice rates in california have grown at 1/3 the rates.
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however, this bill would force states to repeal effective liability reforms in favor of unlimited pay outs for trial lawyers or states will lose out on federal funds for health care. health care reforms must not reward frivolous lawsuits to the detriment of doctors and patients. let's prove that congress is more serious about the health of the american people than it is about the financial health of trial lawyers. thank you. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, when i came to congress over a year ago, i was hoping to work across party lines in the spirit of bipartisanship because that's what the people in my district in florida expected. ever since i got here, the democratic majority has locked the republicans out of the
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debate time and time again and we are talking about what the "wall street journal" calls the worst bill ever. the pelosi health care bill cuts medicare, increases taxes on businesses, individuals and employers and it's $1.2 trillion boondoggle that will complete the government takeover of the health care system even though the majority of americans don't want it. i don't know what the majority was doing over the august recess but i was holding town hall meetings with my constituents and the message was clear, we are a free people that chose to be governed not the other way around. enough is enough. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker, mr. speaker, this 2,000-page bill is not a health care reform bill but a monday tropical stormity. it increases taxes on small businesses and middle class and
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more people losing their jobs. contains half a trillion in cuts in medicare for our senior citizens. this bill increases the medicaid costs on our already hard-hit states which will have the result of cutting education funding and funding for our first responders on the state level. this bill increases the cost of health care, mr. speaker. the american people understand that this bill will make the wall street bailout known as tarp, the government takeover of the car industry and failed stimulus pales in comparison. the american people already has rejected this bill. congress needs to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana rise? without objection. >> mr. speaker, health care reform is an issue of para mount importance and the question is how can we make our health care
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affordable, accessible and accountable? unfortunately, it doesn't address the health care but expands abortion. when president obama addressed the joint session of cock on september 9 and he said under our plan no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion. the health care reform plan presented by speaker pelosi does expands federal abortion funding. america needs health care reform and should not be a vehicle for expanding the abortion agenda. the majority of the american people are against the federal funding of abortion. real health care is about saving and nurturing lives, not about taking lives. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.. >> everyone agrees health care is expensive and not affordable to every american. everyone agrees that the american health system is the best in the world for innovation and invention and polls have shown that most people are happy with their health care. that's why people from all over the worldcom here to receive health care. so why are we dismantling this health care system and replacing it with a government-run health care program that will cost $1.5 trillion in board money that will be paid by our grand kids. we need to work together to bring down the costs of health care. republicans have such a plan, cap lawsuits, giving americans a real choice by letting them
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purchase insurance across state lines, allowing small businesses and individuals to join together and pool to purchase less expensive coverage. so we need to keep the best system in the world. don't throw the baby out with the bath water. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> revise the -- address the house for one minute. >> mr. mcclintock: what's at stake is the freedom to make decisions about our own health care. pelosi's health care bill forces every american to purchase insurance through a government-run exchange and purchase those policies that meet all of the requirements set by the new health czar or be fined for failing to do so and forces us to pay for all the cost overruns through higher premiums or higher taxes. where does it all lead?
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in 1993, the government introduced a public option for stupid loans but only a fraction of the public opted in. last month the congress voted to give monopoly overall student loans. please, call them today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, the "wall street journal" said it best, this bill may well be the worst piece of post new deal legislation every introduced. my constituents of the 24th district agree. they have told me loud and clear time and time again that they do not want this government takeover of our health care system. this legislation creates 111 new
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federal programs, bureaucracies, commissions and boards. and this is just counting the ones that are in the original bill. i'm sure when the manager's amendment is introduced, that there will be many more. we need patient-centered approach to health care reform. we do not need to mortgage the future of our children by saddling them with $1 trillion debt. let's not punish our seniors, our families and grandchildren bypassing this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. nubenube there is a right way and wrong way on health care reform. results on my seb site from a survey and we asked the constituents in the 19th
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congressional district thought about what they thought of their current health care system. 88% believe their current health care system is better than the one in this bill. speaker pelosi, this is the worst bill ever. h.r. 3962 will cost $1.2 trillion after the first decade and that is after using smoking mirrors, not the $984 billion. this is putting the cost curve in the wrong direction. this taxpayer money to be spent on abortion services. in navigating the new health care system, the bill creates 111 new programs and bureaucracies. these aren't the positive solutions that the american people are looking for. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise
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and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wolf: uncle sam is saying don't let debt defeat a great nation. america is going broke and we must weigh the implications of a costly new spending program at a time when the country is already $56 trillion in flimet obligations to china and saudi arabia. i'm deeply concerned about the national debt, which has doubled since 2000 and nearly $12 trillion for the first time in history. any plan put forward must control costs not add $1 billion. america is going broke. is this the legacy congress wants to leave to our children and grandchildren? don't let debt defeat a great nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana rise? >> address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. mr. boustany: the democratic leadership in congress copts to push a flawed, massive government take over of health care that is going to cost more than $1 trillion and health care overhaul will drive up health care costs for families, small business and disrupt the doctor-patient relationship. states are straining under runaway budgets that will be forced upon them and they'll have to cut services and raise taxes when they are forced to raise medicaid eligibility. as a doctor, i saw the problems with our current health care system and the amazing innovation which makes the u.s. the envy of the world. let's build on what works. we can achieve commonsense solutions in a bipartisan way. but the pelosi health care bill focuses on where we disagree. house republicans put forward a commonsense plan to revitalize the american health care system, lower costs and improve quality. our plan puts patients first and doctors and patients back in
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control of the decision making. our plan makes health care more affordable, more accessible with patients able to see doctors of their own choice. we can do better. the gentleman's time has expired. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> i that the the speaker and of course thrths no -- there is no republican plan for health care. i rise today to discuss the cost of doing nothing which is their plan. without health insurance reform, small businesses will pay $2.4 trillion in health care over the next decade and $800 billion additional cost to them. health care cost will rise 18% from 18% of g.d.p. today to a staggering 34% by 2040. without reform, government spending on medicare and medicaid will nearly triple on 6% of our g.d.p. to 15% of our g.d.p. by 2040. without reform, federal state and local governments pay $42.9 billion in 2008 to reimburse the
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cost of uninsured visits to emergency rooms. placing a tax burden on every family in america and that without reform will triple by 20306789 without reform, mr. speaker, the average employer grew almost 50% by -- between 1999 and 2006. these are unconscionable cost increases and we cannot sustain them. we need reform now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> address the house for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> you know, one of the more orwellian aspects of the pelosi health care bill is that amongst this 1,990 pages it uses the word shall 3,425 times. that is 3,425 times that this bill compels somebody somewhere to do or not do something and that doesn't even include several hundred mentions of the
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word must or require. but with all of those exullingses in there telling americans what to do, there's an interesting case -- use of the word may. and that's relative to members of congress -- us. and we may be a part of the government option, not must, not require, not shall, but may participate in the public option. in the so-called public option. or the government-run health care. it is another case of this democratic congress saying, do what i say, not what i do. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. last night i hosted a town hall back in my district with over 1,000 of my constituents independents. i felt that was a better use of my time. the final question of the night last night came from a 9-year-old constituent named
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joshua in my district who asked me a very simple question. do i support what president obama wants to do with health care? you know, i told joshua i spent the first nine months of my term in office trying to figure out exactly what it is the president wants to do on the issue of health care. it is precisely this confusion of goals, conflicting messages and a lack of communication from the majority which has all americans still trying to figure out what exactly the president wants versus the speaker of the house's bill before congress. we need to do this right. it's too important to get it wrong and republicans, democrats, independents and the american people deserve to be in the room. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? without objection. >> mr. speaker, we've been advised that the house of representatives may have only three hours of debate on this 1,990-page bill plus perhaps
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another 1,000-page manager's amendment. that comes out to $500 billion an hour that we'll be -- that will be spent of the public's funds. we should be debating this bill for weeks and months so the american people know exactly hass in it, the members of congress can be very exact to explain it to them and learn from our constituents how deep and broad this bill is. it's a provision that provides for reimbursement for veterinarians. i know it's not a mistake in the bill but that's why we have to read it thoroughly. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, when i listen to thousands of my constituents in town halls this past summer and held town halls with 5,000 constituents in august, the overwhelming and constituentest message they told me was to find real solutions.
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my constituents told me we need to improve health care but h.r. 3200 is bureaucracy, deficit spending, it's taxes, it's intrusion in the personal health care decisions between our doctors and ourselves moved in the wrong direction. and i don't think any one of my constituents told me that congress needs double down on h.r. 3200 but that's what the new 1,990-page pelosi health care bill is. it is version 2.0 in government taking over the health care of america. it creates government bureaucracies that make health care decisions for us. it costs over $1 trillion and it uses medicare cuts on seniors and new taxes on americans and small businesses to pay for them. we want solutions that will give us the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, we want solutions that will help people who can't get insurance because of pre-existing conditions. we want solutions that don't use medicare to pay for nonmedicare spending and we want solutions that will control health care costs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? without objection.
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>> the democrat bill we may be voting on later this week is not the prescription for what's ailing this country. the c.b.o. confirmed the democrats' bill spends well over $1 trillion, far more than even the president asked for. nearly half of the people who get coverage in the bill will get it through medicaid. this isn't health care reform. it's welfare expansion. expansion of a program that's already financially unsustainable and crushing the state budgets. the democrat bill includes $700 billion in tax increases much of which will be paid by middle class families which include penalties on people who don't buy insurance, penalties on employers who can't afford to cover their workers and new taxes on federal spending accounts, health savings accounts, insurance premiums and medical devices. the bill also includes about $500 billion in medicare cuts that reduce seniors' access to doctors, to hospitals and force millions out of their medicare advantage plans. house republicans support taking the first step toward
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comprehensive reform that is focused on driving down costs of health care for all americans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona rise? -- arkansas rise? without objection. mr. boozman: thank you very much, mr. speaker. as a strong believer in the dignity of all human life, i have worked to defend the rights of the unborn. did you the -- but the pelosi health care bill does not protect those rights. the newly created public option will be used to fund abortions. the health care bill does not include the pro-life language which was offered in reand rejected in committee to prohibit federal funding for abortions and plans that include abortions. as the bill is written, federal funds will pay for elective abortions. this goes against the long standing rule that government insurance programs such as medicaid or the federal employees health benefits cannot
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cover elective abortions. health care should -- reform should be about improving the quality of life, not taking it. the national life to -- right to life committee has expressed concerns for this legislation as well as citizens from arkansas. respect for life needser to a core value of our nation and it needs to be reflected in our national policies and health care reform with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california rise? for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, i oppose the takeover system will thank will have a disastrous impact on women and their families. as moms, doctorses, nurses, caregivers and taxpayers, women play a critical role of the health care debate. 85% of women are the primary health care decision makers in the home. women overwhelmingly support health care reform but they
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don't want reform that will increase their health care costs, ration care or undermine their ability to make the best health care decisions for their families. speaker pelosi's bill empowers government bureaucrats, it increases taxes and raises health insurance premiums while using federal dollars to fund abortions. madam speaker, i support reform solutions that let women continue to decide what is best for their families and not your government takeover. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from iowa rise? without objection. mr. latham: i thank the speaker very much. you know, last evening i did a telephone town hall meeting, talked to thousands of my constituents, we had a poll. we asked the question, do you support the health care reform bill that was just introduced by speaker nancy pelosi? the results were overwhelming. 76% of the people responded no.
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and the reason is because what people are concerned about are the costs in health care today. and people at home understand the fact that this is home going to raise their costs. the government's takeover plan of our health insurance actually is going to cost more than what private insurance does today. this isn't what was advertised. this isn't what people want. they don't want a government coming and taking over their health insurance, changing their policies for them without their permission, cutting benefits to people on medicare, people who need those benefits desperately, and they're going to take those benefits away. this is not what the people wanted and we're going to vote this bill down. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? without objection. mr. klein: thank you, mr. speaker. after months and months of
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discussing the health care reform proposals which people of america, particularly in my district in south florida, it's great to be here to talk about how finally we're going to deal with pre-existing conditions and finally people have mental illness and chronic illnesses won't have arbitrary caps on their insurance and finally small businesses, the heart of our whole economic system, can pool their purchasing power to bring their costs down. medicare, one of the most important things and programs in our country, fixing the doughnut hole to reduce the cost for prescription drugs which is the life blood of many americans and our senior citizen population. this is what the american people want. i'm very proud that we're fixing the medicare system and making it last even longer than has beenaled by those on the other side. it's about time we do something right to fix health care. this is the proposal. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fortenberry: we need to strengthen health care, we need
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to improve health care outcomes for all americans and reduce costs, especially for families and small businesses, while protecting vulnerable persons. the question is how? the current bill is very risky. it is nearly 2,000 pages and it will cost $1.3 trillion. it shifts the cost of what we have been doing to more government-run health care without reducing the cost drivers that have gotten use in the very circumstances we find ourselves in. it reduces funding for important medicare programs, increases burdens on small businesses, passes on costs to states and will reduce health care liberties for millions of americans, including forced payment for abortion services. the solution -- we should shift our health care culture to a focus on prevention and wellness, allow for commonsense reforms like portability of insurance, buying insurance across state lines, creating new insurance risk pool models for small businesses and families, appropriately addressing pre-existing conditions and expanding opportunities for health savings accounts. no one disputes the diagnosis
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our health care system -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i support changing and improving our health care delivery system and there's a lot that can be done. unfortunately h.r. 3962, the speaker's health care bill, does too much and too much wrong. this nearly 2,000-page bill will create 111 new government boards, bureaucracies and commissions. additionally, the bill uses the word shall which is the government's way of saying people must do something, a whopping 3,425 times. instead of turning our entire health care system on its head and increasing government, we need to implement reform that eliminate unnecessary costs in our system. further, history shows that a government-run health care plan will be way more expensive than what's estimated today. the experience with health care entitlement programs is that
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they end up costing so much more than ever thought. in 1967 experts predicted that the then new medicare program would cost $12 million in 1990. actually medicare spend something in 1990 was $110 billion. instead of growing government, increasing bureaucracy and creating more requirements, we must invest in wellness and prevention, promote cost savings -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. . . mr. scalise: i rise in opposition to the proposed health care by speaker pelosi. now this 1,990-page bill that has been filed a few days ago by the speaker adds up to over $1 trillion of new spending. and if you break this spending down, how much does this really
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cost? $530 million per page, $530 million per page. and what's in this bill? sure enough, they still have components that allow a health car czar to take away your health care plan even if you like it. they have over $700 billion in new taxes on the backs of small businesses and families and yes as senior citizens know well, they have $500 billion in cuts to medicare. now with all of these horrible provisions, this has nothing to do with health care reform. this is clearly an attempt at a government takeover of health care. this bill at $530 billion in teach page, "wall street journal" calls the worst bill ever. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady rise?
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mrs. bachmann: mr. speaker, there is one thing we need to know about this health care bill that speaker pelosi is putting before the american people is what christina roamer said, if this bill passes, it will be 5.5 million job losses. that's probably why the "wall street journal" has called this the worst bill ever. avenue spending and taxes, ration care, dishonest accounting. the pelosi bill has it all. but 5.5 million jobs lost. let's covered with a positive alternative, which the republicans would be happy to share with the president and pass a positive alternative for the american people and not have job loss. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20,
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the chair bill postponefurther proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote of the yeas and nays are ordered. or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution h. res. 867 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: resolution calling on the president and secretary of the state to oppose any endorsement or further consideration of the report of the united nations fack-finding mission on the gaza conflict and multilateral fora. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. berman and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, each
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will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> mr. speaker, to rise and inquire whether the gentlelady is opposed to the resolution, if she is not, i request the time in opposition to the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlelady oppose the resolution? ms. ros-lehtinen: i do not oppose the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from minnesota oppose the resolution? mr. ellison: i request time in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota will be recognized for 20 minutes in opposition. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman: i ask unanimous consent to divide my debate time equally with the ranking member. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include
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extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the the gentleman from florida, mr. klein. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. klein: i rise to support h. res. 867, a resolution that calls on the secretary of state and the president to oppose further consideration of the gold stone report in international arenas. this resolution sends a clear message to the international community. the goldstone report does nothing to advance peace and security in the middle east. rather it serves to reinforce the deep mistrust that pervades the region and excuses the terrorists and state sponsors. the report ignores the facts that terrorist threats surrounding israel's defense operations in gaza requires a defensive response and any sovereign nation would have and
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should have done what israel did. if this was a court of law, there would have been nothing proven. the goldstone report zrards what it means to fight against terrorists who use human shields and have no regard for human life. the findings and conclusion of the report have ominous consequences for the united states and other countries who seek to prevent terrorist threats from taking root around the world. we cannot allow the goldstone report to set a precedent. the stakes are too high. this report was not guided by a commitment to human rights, but rather motivated by a bias against israel. now is the time for the united nations to immediately turn its attention to the very real human rights violators around the world. human rights victims are pleading for the world's attention. i would urge u.n. member states to devote time and thoughts to the realities of human thoughts
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around the world. israel with strong institutions can make necessary determinations about how to move forward from here and it is doing so. i would like to thank chairman berman and ranking member ros-lehtinen for their leadership in offering this resolution and bringing it to the floor. this is a true example of the importance of bipartisanship because the u.s.-u.n. resolution is strong. ms. ros-lehtinen: if i could ask unanimous consent to extend the debate time in light of the fact that we have three factions asking for time. if i could ask for unanimous consent to extend equally the debate time because we have so many requests for time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain that request from the manager. mr. berman: i'm sorry, i didn't hear. the speaker pro tempore: i said the chair will entertain that request from the manager.
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mr. berman: could the gentlelady on her unanimous consent request yield to me? ms. ros-lehtinen: i would be more than happy to yield to you for purposes of asking about the debate time. mr. berman: as much as i would like to, because i'm flooded with requests for time and i think it's worthy of a longer debate that because of the schedule, the long delay today in one-minutes and tonight is an election night and people have to get back to their districts, i cannot make such a unanimous consent request. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield myself such time as i may consume. this past winter, operation israel exercised its right as a sovereign nation and its obligation to defend its citizens and its very existence
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against attacks by hamas and other violent extremist groups in gaza. israel did so while taking extraordinary measures to minimize the risk of civilian casualties. indeed, as colonel richard kemp, the former commander of british forces in afghanistan has stated, quote, during the operation, israel defense forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare, end quote. in january, the human rights council dominated by dictatorships voted to authorize a so-called fact-finding mission. notably, most free democratic nations did not render support for this sham. the mission's mandate had nothing to do with fact finding and everything to do with per cuting israel for defending her israel.
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it targeted only israel. and richard goldstone agreed to head this mission. he claims that he got the human rights council president to modify the mandate. well, my colleagues just as the speaker of the house cannot unilaterally change a resolution once adopted, neither could the president of the council change the mandate without the council's approval. claims of a revised mandate are false since the council did not take any action to approve any modificationses. fast forward to september, mr. speaker, when the so-called fact-finding mission released its report. it is a 575-page hatchets job commonly known as the goldstone report. it contains accusations that israel attacked civilians. the report disregarded evidence that hamas and other such gupes in gaza used innocents as human
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shields and launched attacks from schools, hospitals and mosques. one need to look at the testimony of an israeli doctor, whose clinic was hit by a rocket launched from gaza. the doctor who was wounded in the attack and had undergone seven operations to address her injuries says and i quote, judge, you invited me to testify. i told you my story. i testified in good faith, but now i see your report and i have to tell you i am shocked. judge goldstone in a 500-page report why did you completely ignore my story? i feel humiliated. why are there only two pages of israeli victims like me who suffered thousands of rockets over eight years and choose to focus on the period of my country's response but not that of the attacks that caused it,
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end quote? mr. goldstone claimed that it never sought the right of israel to self-defense but it was in response to mortar and rocket attacks from gaza, not as defensive measures but as the deliberate inflicks of violence on civilians. this isn't surprising. the mission included a member who, even as the mission was taking place in january of 2009, signed a statement entitled, "israel's bottom barredment of gaza is not self-defense, it's a war crime." this statement began by categorically israel's right to defend herself. and the words self-defense or similar terms never appear in the report. the report recommended further action by multiple u.n. bodies including the general assembly, the security council and
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international criminal court. the human rights council has already used this report to condemn israel. no surprise this. tomorrow, the general assembly will likely do the same. as israel is ack ostracized at the u.n., they continue to fire rockets at innocent israelis. 265 in the last nine months alone. just yesterday, militants in gaza fired another rocket, which exploded near an israeli residential area. no surprise there. and israel's military intelligence chief stated yesterday that hamas has test-fired a rocket with a 60 kill meter range far enough to hit the tell aveef area. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time and i will continue on in a few minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota.
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mr. ellison: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i would like to thank chairman berman and ranking member ros-lehtinen for their openness and professionalism in this debate. i ask for unanimous consent to insert extraneous material into the record. i urge my colleagues to oppose house resolution 867, a resolution that condemns the goldstone report regarding the conflict in gaza. it should be opposed because it suppresses inquiry that is the hallmark of dwem chiropractic societies. the resolution contains factual errors and undermines's israel's ability to conduct its own investigation and goes against president obama foreign policy directives. first, what is there to fear about judge goldstone? he has a stellar reputation and
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famous for apprehending nazi criminals in argentina and serving as a chief prosecutor in tribunals and self-described zionist. judge goldstone has said that bringing war criminals to justice stems from the lessons of the holocaust. the debate about the report has been diverted by serious problems with the original u.n. resolution called for in the report. i agree that the first u.n. resolution calling for an investigation of gaza war was one-sided and focused unfairly on israel. let me repeat, i gee with the original resolution that was unfair, but judge goldstone pushed back and exceeded the scope of the mission to include an examination of both hamas and israel. what does the report really say? there are sections of the reports that deal with abuses by
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hamas including the launching of rockets. the report states these rocket attacks are war crimes. the report recounts actions by israel in separation that harms civilians in gaza. i repeat the point i started with, inquiry is the essential hallmark of democracy and israel can defend its actions. hamas should investigate its actions as well and be held to account. what if israel participated in the review from the beginning? it could have pointed out the united nations human rights council has a history of singling out israel for criticism and pointed out the consequences of the hamas rocket attacks. let's consider the following question, why are we going to pass a resolution without holding a single hearing? why is the house condemning the report that members have not
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read. the deputy prime minister have called for israel to conduct its own investigation. i urge members to oppose this resolution because it will undermine president obama's commitment that all countries should be accountable for their actions. this resolution complicates the president's current middle east initiative. . we are concerned that h.res. 867 may unveil an israeli investigation. resolution 867 contains factual accuracy, the goldstone report and the other. we urge interested parties and members of the house to show the support of the conversation taking place in israel today and to call on israel to demonstrate that it can ensure
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general accountability at home, end quote. when the united states, south africa, israel and others have chosen to investigate, however uncomfortable, their people have emerged stronger. the house of representatives is poised to condemn the goldstone report today because the report says that both parties to the conflict engaged of possible violations of international law. how does it advance the cause of peace in the middle east? i urge my colleagues to look closely to the goldstone report, which is right here on the table, and what actions it is to advance the cause of peace. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman: yes, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to a member of the committee, the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. engel: i thank the
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gentleman and i rise to support the resolution. we should reject the goldstone report which is part of an ongoing investigation to single out israel, to deny the rights accorded to other nations. of the 34 motions adotchted by the u.n. -- so-called u.n. human rights council 27 of them are directed at israel. i might say that these paragons on the council, israel and other dictatorships. hamas' 12,000 intentional and discriminant attacks on israeli civilians since 2001, the report ignores the well documented to limited the casualties in gaza and the neighborhoods when they were being used by human seemeds -- shields. and it fails appropriate responsibility to hamas to base itself and its military operations in heavily civilian populated neighborhoods. this congress should stand by the democracy in the middle east, israel and should reject
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the bias goldstone report. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. at this time i'm so honored to yield one minute to our -- to the gentleman from virginia, our well-respected and esteemed republican whip. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. cantor: virginia. thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chair recognizes the gentlelady from florida. i rise in support of this resolution. more importantly, i stand and support the right of democracy to defend the citizens against terrorism. for years without provocation, hamas and other terrorists in gaza launched thousands of deadly rockets at israeli civilians. the attacks -- by last december israel said enough was enough. when it entered gaza, they found a ruthless enemies in areas. hamas committed blatant war crimes by using the palestinian people as human shields. but the wrong sided and bias goldstone commission isn't concerned with any of this.
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its report equates a democracy's defensive strikes on armed targets with the terrorist delivered efforts to kill and sacrifice innocent people. the goldstone report does not contribute to the ongoing peace process, the cases of gaza and lebanon show that every time israel makes concessions of peace it results in increased terrorism. why would israel agree to deal if it knows the international community will demonize it should they have to respond to terror? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. cantor: and i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does -- the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: two minutes for the gentlelady from california, congresswoman lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for two minutes. ms. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in opposition to h.res. 867. the united states has a responsibility to engage in tough and in honest diplomatic efforts for peace, for the rule
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of law in the middle east and throughout the world. the goldstone report raises many questions. its most critical recommendation being that most parties, mind you, both parties conduct their own impartial investigation to find answers. neither a dismissal or an endorsement of the goldstone report will change the facts on the ground for israelis and palestinians who continue to struggle for a life of normalcy and peace. indiscriminant rocket attacks launched by hamas against israel has terrorized and killed innocent israelis, leaving entire communities in grips of fear. the united states and the international community have consistently condemned these attacks and reaffirmed israel's right to self-defend. the tragic deaths of innocent civilians in gazand the devastation brought upon their homes, schools and infrastructure has warranted a humanitarian crisis that cannot be ignored.
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residents of gaza and the west bank continue to lack appropriate access to the most fundamental needs including food, fuel, water, sanitation, education, health care and the basic materials needed to rebuild their communities. the urgency and the gravity of these harsh realities on both sides require that congress act always with an eye toward peace and reconciliation. in the words of president obama in cairo in june of 2009, he said, all of us have a responsibility to work to see their children grow up in fear. as members of congress, we cannot shy away from defending the indispenseable role in the peace process if we hope to achieve these goals. this resolution does not bring us closer to realizing a two-state resolution -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired.
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ms. lee: can i have five seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for five seconds. ms. lee: it does not lead us to a peaceful co-existence. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: yes, mr. speaker. first i'd like to yield for unanimous consent request to the gentleman from virginia. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to this resolution and ask unanimous consent to insert into the record my statement which explains specifically why i reached that conclusion. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. moran: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to a distinguished member of our committee, the gentlelady from nevada, ms. berkley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from nevada is recognized for one minute. ms. berkley: i thank the gentleman for yielding and for
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his leadership on this issue, and i thank my friend, ileana ros-lehtinen, for introducing this important resolution. today, the american people stand with the state of israel and all other peace-loving nations and people who face the threat of terrorism and are forced to descend their innocent citizens from -- defend their innocent citizens from terrorist attacks. israel began building a state. hamas used gaza to terrorize the palestinian people and as a launch pad to rain missiles on israeli cities. 8,000 rocket attacks in a three-year period. the u.n. was silent. in the fall of 2008, even more rockets fell on innocent israelis and the situation became untenable and the u.n. was silent. only when israeli retaliated in order to protect their own citizens did the u.n. speak up to condemn israel. for those that say that israel used disproportionate force, i say that they used restraint. missile after missile, death
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after death and year after year. today we stand up for justice and the right of all nations to act in self-defense, to protect their citizens and end the time of terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. berkley: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, madam speaker. i'd like to yield one minute to my good friend from indiana, mr. burton, the ranking member on the subcommittee on the middle east and south asia of our foreign affairs committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. burton: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. israel has been our friend forever. they've been attacked again and again and again, and so what did they do? ariel sharon tried to reach out in a peaceful way to give gaza back to the palestinians. and what happened? hamas goes in there and starts launching missile after missile after missile at innocent people, blowing them up, trying to kill them. they want to destroy israel, as does iran. and so what happens?
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the human rights council of the united nations 27 times has issued decisions against israel, and the goldstone report is just another in a long line. this is just something that we should not tolerate. there shouldn't be one vote, not one vote in this place against israel. and the people who are making these comments on the other side of the aisle really bother me because israel has been such a great friend of ours and they have been trying to reach peace over there forever. and instead they keep getting rocket attack after rocket attack, and then they're criticized for human rights problems because they defend themselves. if we launched missiles into michigan i guarantee you michigan would be really ticked off at us and would want to stop us and try to do everything to stop it. we ought to support israel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: i yield one minute and 45 seconds to the gentleman from massachusetts, congressman delahunt. mr. delahunt: while i do
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support israel and i intend to vote present on this particular resolution because like most members i haven't had time to read 575 pages. we often speak about process in this body, and it's a concept we allem brace. at least rhetorically. but on this occasion we only have the rhetoric and the process has been totally inadequate. this resolution came to the floor on suspension without a hearing despite the willingness of judge goldstone to come before the united states congress and ask -- and answer any questions that we might pose to him. and that judge, by the way, is highly regarded in the international rights community for his courage, impartiality and scholarship. he's participated in a number of high-profiled inquiries, including investigation into nazism in argentina.
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as the gentleman from minnesota indicated, he is a self-described zionist. and as both the chair of the full committee and the chair of the subcommittee on the middle east indicated, they have the most utmost respect for justice goldstone. he has expressed his strong concerns about this resolution, and he said this, i have strong reservations about the text of the resolution in question, text that includes serious, factual inaccuracies and information and statements are taken grossly out of context. last night, we received in the form of -- a response by chairman berman and ackerman that attempted to refute it. clearly we need more discussion and more debate. an opportunity to have that discussion should have occurred prior to this resolution coming
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to the floor. this is not about bias against israel -- can i have 10 more seconds? the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. delahunt: we know that exists. this is not about hamas. they committed horrific acts of terrorism against civilians. this is about us. this is about us. and with that i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: may i inquire as to the time remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california has six minutes remaining. the gentlewoman from florida has three minutes remaining. the gentleman from minnesota has 11 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. berman: i would like to reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from florida.
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ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, madam speaker. i would like to yield one minute to the the gentleman from kansas, mr. moran. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. moran: the report is a dangerous document that makes no distinction between terrorism and the act of a nation to defend its people. israel has responded with a defensive measure to clear terrorist threats and protect the lives of its citizens. the report ignores israel's right to self-defense. despite israel's right to defend its citizens, the report unfairly accuses israel of war crimes. it sought to limit its actions, yet terrorists hid behind civilians, hospitals, schools and mosques. every nation should be alarmed. all nations including israel has the right to defend its people.
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i urge my colleagues to stand with israel in its basic right of self-defense. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: two minutes to the the gentleman from washington, mr. baird. mr. baird: i thank my colleague from minnesota for his leadership. my friends described the goldstone report. i'm not sure if they have read it. i have read it. it is not silent on whether or not israel had reason to respond. it talks about the sun september built of hamas rocketting civilians. here is a picture of kids hiding, practicing how to deal with those rockets. it is absolutely unacceptable for any people have to undergo this kind of attack and the goldstone report is quite clear
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on that. and contrary to this resolution and contrary to what some of my colleagues said is suggesting that hamas may have engaged in war crimes. there is another side to this story. i have twin four-year-old boys at home. when i kiss them good night, they look like these three prison children. i don't know that father, but i can imagine his grief. we must not say that this congress will oppose any consideration of a report by a jurist of his integrity and his reputation. those children deserve someone to ask why they died, just as these children deserve someone to say they must not be
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rocketted and the goldstone report does both. it does both. unlike most of my colleagues here, i have been to gaza and i have read in its entirety the goldstone report and i will tell you he says many things, that though unpleasant, are true, and must not be obstructed. there used to be a school in gaza called the american international school. the motto of that school, peace, understanding and leadership through education. request 30 additional seconds. mr. ellison: i can do 15. mr. baird: this is a picture of what happened to that school. this is a picture what happened to that school. do not pass this resolution. support this fine jurist, and give true justice a chance to be heard.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: madam speaker, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i'm proud to yield one minute to the the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, a member of the agriculture, education and veterans affairs committee, another very busy man. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. roe: i rise in strong support of house resolution 867 which condemns the united nations council decision to endorse the views of the goldstone report. among its conclusion was an assertion that the israeli military campaign was ammed at civilians in gaza rather than hamas. the assertion is outrageous but the fact it was endorsed by an arm of the united nations should be a cause for concern for anyone who is concerned about terrorism or human rights.
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in criticizing israel's behavior and not even mentioning hamas, the council essentially endorse hamas' decision to use civilians as human shields to protect themselves for retaliation of their rocket attacks into israel. the human rights council is no better than its predecessor at the u.n. when it comes to anti-israeli rhetoric. i think the resolution urges the obama administration and secretary clinton to strongly condemn this report but i urge them to reconsider their decision to participate and fund the h.r.c. this body has proven they are incapable of acting without bias and gives a forum for anti- israeli and anti-u.s. voices to be heard. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: one minute to the the gentleman from michigan, mr. john dingell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one
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minute. mr. dingell: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dingell: this is a bad bill. it's a bad resolution. it is unfair and it is unwise and contributes nothing to peace. it establishes a bad precedent and it sets up a set of circumstances where we indicate that we are going to ash temporarily reject a u.n. finding and u.n. resolution and we ought to have that as a precedent. this is bad. what we must do here is to make the united states a fair, honest, respected broker. this dotion not do this. it leaves the united states in real danger of losing the ability to participate actively in the creation of a lasting peace and benefit to both israel
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and to the palestinians. if we are a friend of israel and friend of world peace, if you are a friend of peace in the middle east, if you're a friend of the palestinians, if you want to look to the united states, you should reject this resolution. it is a bad proposal. there have been no hearings on it. we do not know what underlies all of the circumstances. and i urge the house to reject it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman continues to reserve. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. ellison: may i inquire as to the time? the speaker pro tempore: 8 1/4 minutes left. the gentleman from california has six minutes.
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the gentlewoman from florida has 1 1/4. mr. ellison: two minutes to the the gentleman from ohio, mr. kucinich. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. kucinich: we journey to the operation. almost as serious as committing war crimes is covering them up. because beyond every deception is the null fix of humanity, the destruction of human dignity, the destruction of the human spirit, the triumph of or wellian thinking, the eternal prison of the dark heart of the totalitarian. the resolution before us today, which would reject all attempts of the goldstone report to fix responsibility to all parties of war crimes, including both hamas and israel may have be called, down is up, night is day, wrong
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is right resolution because if this congress votes to condemn a report it has not read about violations of law with which it is unaware, it will have brought shame to this great institution. how can we expect there to be peace in the middle east if we approve violations of international law and ninl human rights if we look the other way or if we close our eyes to the heartbreak of people on both sides by whitewashing a legitimate separation? how can we protect the people of israel if we hold no concern to the protection of palestinians, for their physical security, their right to land, their right to own homes, their right to water, their right to freedom of movement, their right to human security of jobs, education and health care? we will have peace when palestinians and israelis is brought before this house and given equal consideration in
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recognition of the principle that all people on this planet have the right to survive and thrive and it is our responsibility and duty to see that no individual, no group, no people are barred from this humble human claim. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the majority leader, the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the chairman for yielding. i thank the ranking member, ms. ros-lehtinen, for introducing and working with the chairman on this resolution. i rise to voice my objection to the unfair, unbalanced and
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inaccurate report of the united nations' fact-finding mission otherwise known as the goldstone report. the report not only pains a distorted picture of israel's legitimate efforts at self-defense but it ep pit ms.es israel from all other nations. the report does little to build confidence that the u.n. or its human rights council can deal with the israeli-palestinian conflict in an even-handed manner. it ought to, but the goldstone report does not give us much confidence to what's happening. the human rights councilman dates for the report specifically targeted israeli actions, ignoring, ignoring the deliberate hamas attacks on
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israel that provoked. the report leads off, justice richard goldstone of south africa, objected to that one-sided mandate. let me repeat that. goldstone himself, when the commission issued its report, objected to that one-sided mandate that they issued. but notwithstanding his objection, it was not formally altered. former u.n. high commissioner for human rights, whom many of you know, mary robin son, not known as a great defender of israel. mary robin son who has criticized israel's record in the past, also objected to this one-sided mandate.
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in her words, and i quote mary robin son, the human rights council passed a resolution seeking a fact-finding mission to only look at what israel has done, and i don't think that's the human rights approach, said mary robinson. secretary state clinton agrees and she said, quote, we believe the mandate for the the goldstone report was one-sided and many of the recommendations are appropriately dealt with by the institutions within israel. and indeed, if they were not, i would be here to say we ought to support the united nations' actions. the report largely neglects the context within which israel's actions took place. why is that context so vital and
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why is the report so empty without it? because for years, for years, israel has been the target of asymmetrical warfare or terrorists who behind civilians and aim to kill civilians. for eight years before operation cast led, hamas aided by iran and others, launched deadly rockets and mortar fire into israel even after israel dismantled its gaza settlements, even after it withdrew its military. more than 6,000 rockets have fallen indiscriminately on israel's cities and towns. i can't imagine there's one of us in this chamber that if canada or mexico rained down six missiles on our civilian
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population, not 6,000 on our population, that there would be a member here who would not want decisive response to stop that assault. each was intended to kill the maximum number of civilians. these rockets did not target military targets. they targeted civilians. how do i know? i've been there and i have seen the effectiveness firsthand of the fear that has been put in the minds of the people of israel. in an israeli town, i saw children who lost the ability to speak, who no longer had control over their bodily functions, who were condemned to play in an armored playground from fear of the rockets that could kill with only seconds' warning. no military establishment in that town.
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families, children. . tragically, civilians in gaza suffered and continue to suffer. they suffer in major parts from the determination of their imposed leaders to pursue indiscriminant -- i had a friend with -- i had a conversation with my friend, mr. kucinich. we ought to have great empathy for the palestinian people who have been put at great risk by their leaders pursuing terrorism. we don't have emp -- we ought to have empathies for those children who live in the camps in gaza. terrible conditions. i've been there. is there anybody here who doubts that if those children who lived there decade after decade, were european children or american children or jewish
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children that they would still be there in those camps? i say to you not the case. why are they there? because the arab community does not want to absorb them. and their leaders will not seek a meaningful peace. that is why they're there. hamas, like its state sponsors, is notorious for using innocent men, women and children as human shields and political props. as secretary of state condoleezza rice put it earlier this year, hamas has held the people of gaza hostage. they still do. should we have empathy for those young people and not so young people held hostage? absolutely we should. should we act to help their plight? absolutely we should. but that does not mean we ought to rationalize terrorists in gaza or serot or other places.
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palestinian witnesses were held to intimidation and threats, a possibility the report does not take into account, of course. unlike hamas and its sponsors, israel is a democracy with an independent judiciary and all of us know that that judiciary frequently has said to the military and to the israeli government, you cannot do this. you did it wrong. you are going to be held accountable. there's nothing like that. in gaza, little like that in the west bank although west bank is getting better. its security is increasing. abbas and fattah are making progress. it is fully investigating its military for any -- going back to israel now, which is fully investigating its military for any human rights violations
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that may have been committed in fwazza. -- gaza. that is appropriate. they ought to do that. tragically we know that when men and indeed women go to war that there are those who do not always act properly on both sides. we need to hold that conduct accountable. i believe in its legitimacy as a democratic state, but i do not accept the legitimacy of singling out israel for biased censuer. it's essential to hold every nation of every essential norm of behavior in peace as well as in war. israel must be held to the same standards as any nation. it holds itself to such standards, i might add, even when its enemies do not. indeed, few nations can strain themselves more than israel. but no other nation has so many in the u.n. eagerly to condemn
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it, irrespective of facts and justification. soon, the u.n. general assembly will endorse the goldstone report. goldstone himself said that report was not a fair report. but by doing so and by condemning israel, the u.n. would also be threatening the just self-defense of any state endangered by asymmetrical warfare. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for the remaining time. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, madam speaker. we must recognize what is at stake here. the goldstone report asks for this matter to be considered by the international criminal court equating israel with the genocidal regime in sudan. today, enemies of freedom seek
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to haul democratic and political leaders of israel before an unaccountable court for defending their nation against hamas. but how long before u.s. officials will have to face this same persecution for defending our nation against al qaeda or any other such threat? madam speaker, the way forward is obvious. we must support the right of all democracies to defend ourselves and our citizens. we must reaffirm our support for israel and her efforts to defend herself from violent islamic militants and their state sponsors. we must oppose any attempts to grant consideration or endorsement to this irredeemably biased goldstone report. house resolution 867 achieves these goals and 170 of our colleagues who co-sponsored it agreed. my colleagues, we have a choice to make. stand with free democratic nations or send a message to those who seek israel's and america's destruction that they
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can continue unhampered as the u.n. and others sweep under the proverbial rug. the choice is clear. support this resolution. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: may i inquire as to the time, madam speaker? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 6 1/4 minutes remaining. mr. ellison: to the gentlelady from minnesota, congresswoman mccollum, one minute and 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute and 15 seconds. ms. mccollum: madam speaker, the u.s. is attempting to be an honest broker in the israeli-palestinian peace process, yet, this resolution is blatantly bias and it damages u.s. credibility.
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this resolution seeks to hide the ugliness of the gaza war by covering up violent excesses committed by innocent civilians by both hamas and the israeli defense force. why does the u.s. house want to reject an accounting of hamas' terrorism against israeli civilians? as it does, thousands of rockets were fired at israel. and why would they want to deny that hundreds of palestinian women and elderly and children were needlessly killed? american-made, phosphorus shells were used causing horrible burns to palestinian children, yet this resolution refuses to seek to speak the truth. the report to congress is going to be buried today, but this report was led by a former chief prosecutor who has faced far tougher actors than the critics in this chamber, critics who have not held one single hearing.
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there must be only one standard for respecting human rights, a single standard by which we must hold ourselves and our friends and our adversaries accountable. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: madam speaker, i have -- i plan to be the last speaker, and i think -- and correct me if i'm wrong, but i understand under the rules i have the right to close. so i will reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chairman is correct. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: to the gentlelady from maryland one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. edwards: madam speaker, i rise today to express my sincere disappointment that my colleagues and i are in an untenable position on israel, the palestinian people and the global community.
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house resolution 867 is just the wrong resolution yet again at this time. the u.n. general assembly takes up this business tomorrow, and i think it's really important for us to note that the congress gets one shot. and our shot to address the shortcomings of the mandate for the inquiry, the pitfalls of the goldstone report, and one shot to call on the palestinians and the israelis to look into investigation. one said that without moral and intellectual independence there's no anchor for national independence. and i think we should heed that today. i say it's a wrong resolution because it's our opportunity actually to get it right and an indirection for the middle east. and regrettably, the flawed process we're tarnishing the reputation of one of the greatest advocates for human rights, justice goldstone. without any opportunity for this congress to extend to him for inviting him to present his findings on the record. to face inquiry, we didn't do that. to extend the courtesy of
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explaining. madam speaker, i'd ask if the gentleman would yield for an additional five seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields five seconds. ms. edwards: it's important for us to get it right and i appreciate the leadership of chairman berman and look forward to us working in the future for something that actually does lead to peace. and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: we -- i'd like to inquire of the time? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has four minutes remaining. mr. ellison: and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. price, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. price: madam speaker, let's be clear about what we're debating here. nobody in this chamber disputes israel's right to defend itself against attacks by hamas and other terrorist organizations and neither does the report issued by justice goldstone. it examines the conduct of the
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war by both sides, including a detailed rocket launches which describes as serious war crimes and crimes against humanity. no one is criticizing one-sided mandates. the mandate was altered at justice goldstone's insistence. no one here is is disputing the u.s. to discuss any resolution be fair and balanced, to veto and otherwise. but there's a crucial distinction between criticizing the way in which the goldstone report was handled of the u.n. and criticizing the very existence of the report in the first place which is exactly what this resolution does. conflatting the two does a disservice to a respected jurist who upholding norms of justice and more importantly it may damage future efforts to hold countries accountable through international investigations. finally, bringing this resolution up -- can i have seconds? mr. ellison: the gentleman 15
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seconds. mr. price: it could have implications for the possibility of internal investigations into the conflict by the party who them -- of themselves. that's a central recommendation of the goldstone report and the obama administration as well as prominent israeli officials and israeli human rights organizations. israel is a strong and resilient democracy. successfully investigating this episode can only make it stronger, but we shouldn't pass this resolution now which could hinder the wheels of justice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: to the gentlelady from california one minute and 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute and 15 seconds. mrs. capps: i thank my colleague for yielding, madam speaker. i rise to express my opposition to the resolution before us. sadly, i think that in this body's haste we have overlooked some of the depth of unspeakable tragedies that have occurred during the war in gaza. innocent israeli and

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